Today I’m at the TCT Show at the NEC where over 250 exhibitors, from major corporates to innovative start-ups, are showcasing the latest products in 3D printing and additive manufacturing. 

It’s fantastic to hear first-hand how 3D technologies are being used within the aerospace, automotive, medical and dental sectors, as well as in consumer and industrial product design. 

The highlight of the show so far has come from Simon Roberts, Chief Operations Officer of McLaren Racing, who spoke about the four-year partnership McLaren has with 3D printing leader, Stratasys, and how the race team is using Fused Deposition Moulding (FDM) and PolyJet technology across a range of applications to improve car performance including prototyping, tooling and final part production. 

It’s remarkable to learn that in an average Grand Prix season, McLaren-Honda’s car will need an update every 15 minutes. This highlights the importance of possessing technology that will allow race teams to explore new ways of innovating cars to improve their track performance. Shaving fractions of a second off race times can prove critical to the standings in F1.