University Race Team Benefits from SLS Engine System

“Both our competitors and judges were impressed with the quality of our intake system, and many spy shots were taken,” said Jonathan Brady, Oregon State SAE Engine Team Co-Captain. “Due to the final design from 3D Systems, our engine was able to start dependably and make more efficient use of both fuel and air, which provided consistent performance as well as an overall lightweight system.”

The Oregon State University Formula SAE team used 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®) technology for an efficient intake system in its Formula-style race car.
In the past, the OSU Team constructed intakes by hand, using pipes and composite materials - a timeconsuming process that produced inconsistent geometries and ineffective design.
3D Systems, a Team sponsor, used a highly productive Sintering System in its Rapid Manufacturing Center (RMC) and tough DuraForm® PA Plastic to build three complete systems, with four runners and injector
bungs from the plenum to the engine, from the CAD data created by the OSU Team. Thanks to 3D Systems’ Quickparts®, the Sintered intake system evolved in design, complying with SAE regulations, and the final design was raced in competition.


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