This year’s Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen race car, the C42, is reported to feature around 150 metal additively manufactured components produced on MetalFAB AM machines from Additive Industries, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
As the team’s metal Additive Manufacturing technology supplier since 2017, Additive Industries has been instrumental in the development and use of metal AM in the F1 car’s design, seeing its use significantly increase over the years. Between 2020 and 2021, for example, consumption of ALSi10Mg and Ti64Gd23 almost doubled and Scalmalloy usage increased by a factor four.
Although new regulation changes for the 2022 F1 season have resulted in fewer aerodynamic applications for AM parts this year, the C42 now includes more AM parts in critical applications. In total, the metal AM components correspond to a little over 1% of the total weight of the car.
Metal AM magazine visited Sauber Motorsport at its headquarters in Switzerland in 2018. We reported on its partnership with Additive Industries, and discovered how Additive Manufacturing was being integrated into the company.