Stratasys 3D printing technology used to produce 500 parts for the Lotus Type 62-2 supercar

Stratasys3D printing technologies were used to create more than 500 parts for the launch of the Lotus Type 62-2 body, as seen in a Discovery+ documentary titled Radford Returns.

Radford Returns details the revival of body art and construction of the retro-modern Lotus Type 62-2 supercar, and will feature former Formula 1 champion driver Jenson Button.

Using Stratasys’ GrabCAD Shop workflow software, Radford programmed and tracked their 3D prints across five global locations. Up to 20 different Stratasys 3D printers – including the F900, F770, Fortus 450mc, F370 and J55 – were in use at the same time, with printers in operation at Radford Studio, Aria Group facilities and manufacturing sites direct from Stratasys.

Among the parts to be additively manufactured was a large, strong composite firewall sandwich core, which was printed in two halves in ULTEM 1010 on the F900, glued together in one piece, then wrapped in carbon fiber without using a draping tool. Meanwhile, many exterior elements such as side mirror housings, radiator ducts and body vents have been printed in nylon carbon fiber and ASA materials.

“Stratasys 3D printing technology gave us design freedom and the ability to easily create unique and custom parts and parts for these two prototype vehicles. This gave us the ability to fully embrace custom body building, but with updated processes using 21st technologies of the century,” said Ant Anstead, host of the documentary Radford Returns. “When relaunching Radford, we decided to only work with world-class companies. Lotus is a world class company, Radford is a world class company, so when we looked to 3D printed parts, we looked to Stratasys.

“By integrating 3D printing technology into their shop, Radford was able to introduce automotive manufacturing of 1960s-style supercars to the 21st century with the premium, hyper-personalized style and features their customers have come to expect from a vehicle of this caliber,” said Pat Carey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth for Stratasys. “It’s an extreme example of something we see every day in the automotive industry. Anyone investing in new vehicles wants a higher level of customization and 3D printing helps make that possible.

Stratasys will continue to support the Radford Lotus Type 62-2 project with 3D printed parts produced using its FDM, SAF, stereolithography and P3 programmable light curing solutions.


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