Brackley-based digital fabrication specialist, KW Special Projects (KWSP), is lending its expertise in high performance engineering to students from Bicester Community College by 3D printing parts for a prototype racing car.
KWSP, which has worked with some of the world’s biggest motorsport names, is printing two pairs of aerodynamic wishbone covers for a gravity racer car that the students will be pitting against other local college teams on 10th June.
The college students provided the designs for the parts, enabling KWSP to use its expert additive manufacturing techniques to produce them with the latest 3D printing machines. The parts took just 17 hours to be produced and the students were invited to KWSP’s world class facility in Brackley to complete and post process the parts once they were printed.
KWSP has been joined by local Banbury-based company, Laser Lines, a leading supplier of Stratasys 3D printers and materials, which has donated the black ABS materials from which the parts were printed.
Matt Watson, student at Bicester College, who along with his team members spent the day at KWSP learning about the additive manufacturing process used at KWSP, said: “It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience finding out more about the processes involved in 3D printing. It is fascinating to learn more about the various applications of additive manufacturing at KWSP. We are grateful for the support of these two local businesses and look forward to racing the car.”
Nicholas Buzzard the team’s learning coach, added: “I would like to thank KWSP for helping our students with their final year projects. The use of cutting edge engineering technology like this is the future for many areas of engineering, especially in the area of motorsport which our students specialise in.”
Kieron Salter, managing director of KWSP, said: “We’re passionate about this technology and the opportunities it presents in all manner of applications. We are equally passionate and committed about supporting the next generation of engineers and technicians in understanding and using the latest technologies out of the classroom. It’s great to see so many students sharing our enthusiasm!”
Mark Tyrtania, sales director at Laser Lines, concluded: “We were thrilled to get involved with this project and work with KWSP and the college to help the next generation of engineers gain access to the latest technology and materials.”
The student’s gravity racer will be put through its paces in the Bicester Community College Gravity Car race at Cornbury this summer. The resulting reports will contribute to the students’ final grades in their Level 3 BTEC Motorsport Diplomas.