TI­TAN New ma­te­ri­als set to shine

Motor Sport News - - Engineering Supplement -

For mo­tor­sports sys­tems sup­plier Ti­tan, the fu­ture is ex­pected to be an es­ca­la­tion of cur­rent trends for more com­plex part de­signs cre­ated by an abun­dance of cheaper sim­u­la­tion tools, cou­pled with a growing con­fi­dence in 3D print­ing tech­nolo­gies.

So says chief de­signer Graham Nor­den. “We’re aware that the cost of sim­u­la­tion is drop­ping dra­mat­i­cally and that’s lead­ing to bet­ter op­ti­mised so­lu­tions ap­pear­ing on CAD screens and lead­ing to a high­er­per­for­mance part pro­duced as the end prod­uct. Gen­er­ally this means parts are more com­pli­cated in de­sign and so, from a man­u­fac­tur­ing point of view, give us more chal­lenges.

“I think where there might be dis­rup­tive change is when de­sign­ers come up with parts that can­not be made with tra­di­tional meth­ods. We’re see­ing the be­gin­nings of ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques be­ing used for pro­duc­tion parts. In the last few years this has gone from a method to cre­ate semi-struc­tural parts for pro­to­typ­ing, to some­thing suit­able for test­ing or per­haps qual­i­fy­ing. To­day there are ma­te­ri­als that, from an ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing point of view, are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing strong pro­duc­tion per­for­mance com­po­nents, per­haps equiv­a­lent to what you would get from a cast part. This opens up a gen­er­a­tion of de­sign that moves be­yond the lim­its cre­ated by an old school machining process.”

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