3D Printed Parts Help UK Students Advance in F1 Model Car Race

Model F1 race cars that run on compressed air and use 3D printed car wheels from EnvisionTEC helped Team Hawk, from Colyton Grammar School in East Devon UK, race to victory.

Team Hawk consists of 6 students aged between 17 and 18: Elaine, Alex, Anthony, Charlie, Ian and James. All providing vital roles in the team from engineering to marketing. EnvisionTEC have supported them with both sponsorship for the 2018 season and with engineering support, printing various miniature parts for the car. The implementation of 3D printing proving to be perfect for these tiny but highly accurate engineering parts.

EnvisionTEC produced wheels for the car on a Perfactory P4 XL. Due to their small size (26 x 15mm) and high detail, plus the need for high strength, both RC70 and one of EnvisionTEC’s ABS-like materials were chosen for the prints. Going forward EnvisionTEC will be supporting the team with the production of 3D printed body panels.

Anthony Ford from Team Hawk said: “Huge thanks to EnvisionTEC’s team for supporting us with the car. Your support and technical know-how have helped the team to achieve this momentous win. We look forward to working closely with EnvisionTEC in building our car for the National finals.”

In the South West regional heat the team won not only the Fastest Car in their class (Professional Class) at 1.140s, but also won Best Engineered Car. They now progress to the national finals taking part at The Wing, Silverstone Racing Circuit on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March.

EnvisionTEC would like to congratulate our sponsored F1 in schools team Hawk Racing. The team from Colyton Grammar School in East Devon UK flew to victory in their regional heat on Friday 19th January 2018.

Team Hawk with Ben Johnson from EnvisionTEC.
Team Hawk about to race.
Cars lined up to race at the South West regional finals.
Cars f1 in schools

About F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools is an international STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) competition for school children (aged 11–16), in which groups of 3–6 students have to design and manufacture a miniature “car” out of the official F1 Model Block using CAD/CAM design tools. The cars are powered by CO2 cartridges and are attached to a track by a nylon wire. They are timed from the moment they are launched to when they pass the finish line by a computer. The competition currently operates in over 40 different countries after beginning life in the UK back in 1999.

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