Wings and Things overview
All racing cars crave for better
Aero-Dynamics. Achieving this can
be a tall order. Wings and Things
use the latest Rapid Prototyping
techniques to make it affordable
So you want to add aero to your car. Its a difficult process made harder, and therefore more expensive, with the pattern making required and testing before you get it right. Using the latest rapid prototyping methods and laser scanning we can short cut all the pain.
What we can do if you have no CAD data for your car is to either come to your facility or for you to bring the vehicle to us so that we can laser scan the relevant area of the car and potential fixing points.
We then take this data and use it to create the base CAD data to which we can then design the parts you need. Once design small parts are made in our Stratasys Titan FDM machine, a machine that quiet literally prints 3D models in plastic. These parts, whilst generally are up to 450mm square can be produced in several sections and are strong enough to be used, sometimes for several races, whilst waiting for the production part. This longevity allows for ample testing and if necessary a second or third version easily created. Large parts can be made by CNC machining low density PU model boards, whilst these are generally to heavy to be used they can provide an invaluable insight into fit, form and function.
Product Range Large item
Our product rage is made in 5 standard ways:
1) We make a top and bottom negative moulds by CNC machining PU model board. We then lay up GRP and/or Kevlar into the negative moulds and then bolt the two halves of PU model board together, finally we inject an epoxy based liquid low pressure foam into the void between the top and bottom skins. This creates a very strong and lightweight part. This process is suitable, for low volume and single part orders, front splitters that are often in contact with the road surface in rallying or corner kerbs when on track, all types of rear wing uses and most rear diffuser applications or floor panels.
2) Using the same base process as above but instead of GRP and Kevlar we coat the top and bottom mould halves with an epoxy plastic. To this we inject the epoxy foam as above. This creates an incredibly lightweight part approximately half the weight of the GRP and Kevlar version. Its disadvantage is that it does not withstand constant scuffing. This, whilst also being suited to low volume and single part orders for use in front splitters is more suitable to all out race cars with limited suspension movement and track cars with a higher ground clearance, it is particularly suited to rear wing applications creating up to 200 kgs of downforce and all diffuser or floor panels.
Product Range Small item
Door and wing Mirrors.
3) The third option is for larger volume orders 10 parts and upwards, we machine a positive "buck" and then create a strong GRP and composite mould suitable for manufacturing a production run. We can make the finished parts in GRP with or without Kevlar, Epoxy plastic skins or Carbon Fibre, in our autoclave. We then fill the part with low pressure foam to make a strong part. This process is suitable for all front spitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and floor panels.
Using our plastics specialism we can create all manner of plastic parts. From single numbers to large quantities we have processes to cope.
4) The majority of these small parts start out being made in our Stratasys Titan FDM plastic printing rapid-prototyping machine. Once we have the finished part we can then make a mould to produce any quantity.
5) For pipe and wiring holders we can make the mould in our FDM machine and inject silicone rubber of differing grades to suit the purpose.
With any of these options fittings and fixtures can be pre-bonded for mountings.