Future mobility: 3D-printed component for hydrogen race car
Forze is a team of 50 students from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. As a team, they are pushing automotive technology to its limits by designing, building and racing full-sized hydrogen-powered race cars. The aim is not simply to demonstrate what hydrogen power can bring to motorsports, but also to show that hydrogen is a viable fuel of the future for the entire automotive sector. The team’s next racing car, the Forze IX, will compete in the GT class, and they approached us for our processing and materials expertise to create one of the car’s most vital components.
Working with Covestro allowed us to use stereolithography 3D printing for a substantially simplified accumulator box design. And Somos® Prototherm 12120 enabled a casing 25% lighter than an aluminum design, while still meeting all stringent functional requirements for stress and chemical resistance.
We're excited that our functional 3D printing materials are able to meet the high-performance criteria of a hydrogen-powered race car component. With this, we are helping to show the potential of hydrogen as a fuel of the future by pushing the technology to its limits in a full-size racing car.
- Lightweight: Somos® Prototherm 12120 makes for a resin casing 25% lighter than aluminum.
- Simplified design: SLA 3D printing enables design freedom for high-performance race car components.
- Collaborative: Our team helped Forze test and verify material properties and print the part.
- Expert: Customers benefit from our expertise in functional materials for 3D printing.
- Visionary: Somos® Prototherm 12120 resin in SLA 3D printing helps transform mobility.