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Radford Motors turns to Stratasys for more than 70 3D printed parts

The Radford Type 62-2 Pikes Peak Edition racecar achieves unrivaled performance with its superior lightweight design

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Stratasys has recently been chosen as the exclusive supplier of 3D printed parts for Radford Motors’ Radford Type 62-2 Pikes Peak Edition racecar. The Radford Type 62-2, with more than 70 Stratasys 3D printed parts, will make its debut at the 101st running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, on June 25.

Leveraging Stratasys’ advanced AM capabilities, the Radford Type 62-2 achieves unrivaled performance with its superior lightweight design. With its 3.5L V6 engine, the car weighs just 1,900 pounds yet generates 710 horsepower – accelerating the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 2.2 seconds and achieving a top speed of 160 mph.

Radford Motors turns to Stratasys for more than 70 3D printed parts, for the Radford Type 62-2 Pikes Peak Edition racecar. “This is a 12-mile, 156-turn race with extreme conditions that will challenge the integrity of any vehicle,” said Ant Anstead, Co-founder of Radford Motors. “The Type 62-2 Pikes Peaks Edition needs to have fast acceleration for the short straightaways, the ability to brake fast and navigate hairpin turns, and deal with altitude and road conditions that put significant stress on the car frame and engine. The team at Stratasys were the perfect partners to help us achieve those results. We are looking forward to seeing the car on the mountain this weekend, with those innovative solutions and designs that will help us thrive under the extreme conditions.”

Parts 3D printed for the 62-2 include fenders, brake ducts, and radiator cooling ducts. All parts were created in Eden Prairie, Minnesota – at Stratasys – using the H350, F900, F770, 450mc, and F370 printers. In addition to the many parts Stratasys provided for the Radford Type 62-2 Pikes Peak Edition, Stratasys was also responsible for the prototype bodywork and tooling that went into the Type 62-2.

“This race will push a car to its limits, and it’s important for us, as a partner to Radford, to ensure they are putting the highest-quality parts in their racecar, ” said Rich Garrity, Chief Industrial Business Officer at Stratasys. “Using so many 3D printed parts on the Type 62-2 gives Radford a serious competitive edge, as it takes considerable weight off the car, thus improving its overall performance. The 3D printed parts are also stronger and more resilient, and if something does happen to a part during testing or a practice run, they can recreate that part much faster than a traditionally manufactured part.”

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