Race to innovate: metal AM manifolds improve power flow for Land Rover BAR
26 May 2017
Discover how the Renishaw additive manufacturing team have raced to innovate by producing hydraulic manifolds for the Land Rover BAR racing catamaran to compete in the 35th America's Cup.
Land Rover BAR design team understood the potential of metal additive manufacturing to save weight and improve the efficiency of its hydraulic system and have worked with Renishaw additive manufacturing team for the manufacture of customised manifolds using Renishaw technology.
The structure of these manifolds helps improve the flow of hydraulic fluid and are lighter than conventional manifolds. This streamlining assists the racing team's four ‘grinders' who act as a human engine and turn specialised hand cranks to generate the hydraulic pressure to drive hydraulic actuators, which in turn drive control surfaces on the race boat.
- The Land Rover BAR R1 at speed in Bermuda. Image copyright: Harry KH/Land Rover BAR [1.5MB]
- Land Rover BAR demonstration metal AM manifolds in QuantAM [804kB]
- Metal 3D printed manifold for Land Rover BAR produced on Renishaw additive manufacturing system [3.1MB]
- David Ewing (2017) - Product Marketing Engineer [261kB]
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