For the Ford GT printed ultra-light titanium wheelsMay 29, 2019
Each wheel weighs less than 9 kg. For the new series of wheels with 3D printing, HRE engineers managed to significantly reduce the overall consumption of materials from 80% to 5%.
In November last year, one of the leading manufacturers of wheels, the company HRE, presented its series of titanium wheels, which were created using 3D printing. The product, which was created in collaboration with the team GE Additive called HRE3D +. The two companies decided to unite and “print” the disks for the Ford GT 2019 model year.
HRE explains that thanks to the guys from GE Additive, they got access to two 3D printing systems and experimented with the second generation of their wheels. The process of their creation includes a laser technology that allows the ultrafine layers of titanium powder to be melted on top of each other in order to gradually create complex shapes, and then the process of refinement takes place.
For the new series of wheels with 3D printing, HRE engineers managed to significantly reduce the overall consumption of materials from 80% to 5%. In addition, according to representatives of the company, the finished wheel is “much easier” than before. It is reported that the 20-inch rim of the first generation HRE3D + weighs about 9 kg, and the second generation has an indicator already at 7 kg.
Previous discs printed on a 3D printer consisted of six parts, and the new ones have five printing sections. This was made possible thanks to their updated central part.
“We are proud to open up new possibilities in the production of wheels with our updated HRE3D + wheels,” commented HRE President and CEO HRE Alan Peltier. “Working with the GE Additive team gave us access to some truly advanced technologies, and we are exploring the future of wheel technology along with tools that will evolve over the next few years. We can’t wait to see what we can do next. ”
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