3D printing gains traction in industrial tool kits

Just a fraction of a second can make the difference in Formula One. Over the course of a season, these smallest of margins can separate the winner of the motorsport championship from the also-rans.

One of the ways UK-based McLaren-Honda is looking to capture those marginal gains is with the use of a portable 3D printer, which it took to a Grand Prix event for the first time this month in Bahrain.

It is evidence that 3D printing is finding more real-world applications after years of buzz around a technology that it is hoped will have a transformational effect on wide areas of manufacturing.

Although there are barriers to its widespread use, F1 shows how it is slowly gaining a position in tool kits for industrial production.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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3D printing gains traction in industrial tool kits

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