SEMA Garage 3-D Printer Now Offers Carbon Fiber

SEMA News—March 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS

By Grant Walter

SEMA Garage 3-D Printer Now Offers Carbon Fiber

  SEMA GarageThe SEMA Garage has upgraded its 3-D printer’s hardware to run Stratasys’ new material: Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber (Nylon 12CF), which is comprised of a blend of Nylon 12 resin and chopped carbon fiber. 
   

For the past several years, the SEMA Garage has successfully provided SEMA members with a wide range of rapid-prototype (3-D printed) materials, ranging from standard ABS plastic to high-performance ULTEM 9085. Some members have voiced a desire to push the limits of plastic rapid prototypes into a more durable testing application.

In response, the SEMA Garage has upgraded its 3-D printer’s hardware to run Stratasys’ new material: Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber (Nylon 12CF), which is comprised of a blend of Nylon 12 resin and chopped carbon fiber. This combination provides the highest flexural strength and stiffness-to-weight ratio, and it is one of the strongest materials in the fused deposition modeling material portfolio. Members pay for only the cubic-inch amount of material that is required for the job.

For more information, visit the SEMA Garage website at www.semagarage.com or contact Warren Kosikov at warrenk@sema.org.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Champions Announced

Hot Rodders ChampionsTeam Vibrant Performance won the 2018 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge championship with an average time of 17:26.  
   

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition came to a close at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis in January. A total of 44 teams competed at the SEMA Show and the PRI Trade Show just to get into the Elite Eight competition, which pitted the top four SEMA Show seeds against the top four PRI show seeds. The total time difference between the first- and fourth-place teams was only 2 minutes and 8 seconds.

In the end, Team Vibrant Performance, from Burton Center for Arts & Tech in Salem, Virginia, won with an average time of 17:26. The rankings were determined by time plus mistake penalties as well as a score on a 50-question exam covering tool and engine knowledge.

Each student earned scholarship opportunities ranging from $5,000–$10,000 from Ohio Technical College, School of Automotive Machinists & Technology and Universal Technical Institute.

Contact Greg Parker at gparker@hotroddersoftomorrow.org for more information about the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow program.

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