ROCK HILL, South Carolina – April 18, 2011 – 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) announced the expansion of its technical partnership with Lotus Renault GP Formula 1 team following last year‟s refresh of its SLA® production printer fleet at the Advanced Digital Manufacturing (ADM) Centre in Enstone, England.
The Lotus Renault ADM Centre supports its entire Formula 1 design, wind tunnel testing, full-scale applications and production parts for its racecars. In addition to these applications the next-generation fleet of 3D Systems iPro™ 8000 EX SLA® production printers
feature an expanded build envelope enabling Lotus Renault GP to increase the size of scale models while maintaining full production efficiency.
“The state-of-the-art SLA® systems in our ADM Centre are an important tool in the production of our championship racing cars,” said Pat Warner, Head of the ADM Centre in Enstone. “Through collaboration with 3D Systems we have experienced significant advancements in the field of stereolithography and advanced SLS® rapid manufacturing
. Our technical partnership allows us to push the Formula 1 race applications and performance envelope even further.”
“We are excited to expand our technical partnership with a World Champion Formula 1 Team,” said Kevin McAlea, Vice President 3D Production Printers
, 3D Systems. “The opportunity to partner with pioneers and innovators like Lotus Renault GP provides tangible customer benefits well beyond motorsports.”
About 3D Systems Corporation
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and custom part services. Its expertly integrated rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions reduce the time and cost of designing new products and printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to design, communicate, prototype and produce functional end-use parts; customers create with confidence.
About Lotus Renault GP
Throughout its history, Renault has always counted on Motorsport in its global strategy. With a powerful image and prestige, motorsport, and especially Formula 1, has strengthened Renault‟s international ambitions, while being a great technological asset to develop its products.
Present in Formula 1 since 1977, and having won nine Constructors‟ World Titles and eight Drivers‟ World Titles, Renault Sport F1 will support Renault‟s future ambitions by developing and testing tomorrow‟s technologies at the track.
Group Lotus plc partnered with Genii Capital in December 2010 which saw the Renault F1 Team renamed as „Lotus Renault GP‟ from the start of the 2011 racing season onwards. The association heralds the return of a highly successful Formula 1™ association between Lotus and Renault from the 1980s. Lotus‟ racing pedigree and heritage coupled with Renault‟s technology in Formula 1™ will set the united team on a path to future success.