NAA Member News – 3DGBIRE & BAC Partnership
3D printing enables supercar design and production
3DGBIRE and Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), who are both NAA Members, have announced a new partnership to enable the continued adoption of 3D Printing.
BAC began its additive manufacturing journey with the launch of the Mono R – a higher-performance, lighter and more advanced new generation of the iconic Mono. Using the combined resources of Application Engineers from 3DGBIRE and Ultimaker, BAC were able to prototype and produce over forty 3D printed parts.
By 3D printing parts, using Ultimaker S5 FFF 3D Printers, BAC has been able to reduce the design-to-manufacture timeframes of complex geometrical components and bring production in house. The versatility of Ultimaker’s Open Source Material Alliance allowed 3DGBIRE to facilitate BAC with DSM industrial grade high-performance polymers to produce bespoke production parts for each vehicle, at a reduced cost.
“It’s been fantastic, it allows us to create something and have it ready to test in a matter of hours is game changing for BAC. We’re already using it in all aspects of production from R&D to prototyping to end use parts. It’s also had a big impact on cost savings for particular parts; for example, the cost price of our wing mirrors used to be £60, now we can print them in two parts for just £10 total cost. 3D Printing really has been a revelation for us at BAC.”
Adam Mughal: Lead 3D Designer – Briggs Automotive Company
“This partnership is yet another development in the relationship between the automotive industry and additive manufacturing. The introduction of 3D Printing into the car production process has proven to be beneficial at numerous stages. From R&D and prototyping, to manufacturing aids, to the production of end use parts, 3D printing is saving businesses like BAC money and slashing lead times. This is just the tip of the iceberg, 3D Printing is becoming a prominent force in automotive manufacturing with companies like BAC leading the charge and developing new applications for the technology. We can’t wait to help BAC further integrate 3D Printing into their business and investigate what other doors we can open with regards to manufacturing.”
Daniel Abram, General Manager – 3DGBIRE Ltd
“As the automotive lead for 3DGBIRE, the NAA offers an integral platform in ensuring we are close to the real issues within this ever-changing manufacturing landscape. We are already working with a number of automotive businesses across various sectors of the industry, these range from SME’s to MNC’s all with different levels of Additive Manufacturing knowledge. We don’t just sell printers, we are here to guide each business through the adoption of this technology, with technical support, training and guidance to ensure that you maximise success and ROI.”
Scott Bentley, Business Development Manager – 3DGBIRE Ltd
3DGBIRE & Ultimaker presents the BAC Mono R: 3D printing a supercar…
Video link : https://youtu.be/LKCzYjGq2Qc
The opportunity to work with BAC has been made possible because of the collaboration with 3DGBIRE, who first loaned an Ultimaker S5 printer to BAC. 3DGBIRE are the UK and Ireland’s premium professional 3D printing experts, supplying printers, service, support, training and other market-leading products within the 3D printing industry. They are focused on helping businesses integrate 3D printing into their workflow with the intention of reducing production costs, supporting manufacturing innovation and reducing lead times. Find out more about the solutions 3DGBIRE offer for the automotive industry: https://3dgbire.com/pages/automotive
Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) LTD is the British manufacturer behind the world’s only road-legal, single-seater supercars – the BAC Mono and BAC Mono R. The Liverpool-based business was founded in 2009 by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs, who set about providing the world with a road vehicle that offers the most authentic and pure driving experience possible.
Mono and Mono R implement the very latest racing technology and are regarded as the ultimate pieces of sporting equipment for the sport of driving. They focus solely on the person behind the wheel; race cars for the road that can be described as A-to-A vehicles, rather than A-to-B – forget the destination, these models are all about pure driving pleasure.
Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europe and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to local, digital manufacturing. ultimaker.com
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