Technologies for your applications
Miniaturization and increasing precision are important aspects of highly reliable electronic components and connectors, widely used in supercars. Thanks to our Wire-cutting EDM machines, even smaller and more precise connectors can be manufactured.
Making the difference is an insperable aspect of a top-notch sport such as motorsports. For that, you can count on our Die-sinking EDM technology to provide 3D surfaces with the best process efficiency.
For an increased efficiency of drive trains, you need high precision in the manufacturing of the different parts, as well as a perfect assembly to reduce vibration levels. To achieve that, benefit from our Wire-cutting EDM technology to get where you want to be.
The combination of high-speed Milling and ultra-precise and localized Laser texturing allows to create unique aesthetic and visual features. Gain from a complete manufacturing solution without losing any reference point and orientation in your manufacturing process.
Turbocharger design is intricate because of the need for incremental efficiency and maximum output at all time. Made of complex shapes, this kind of motor part is very challenging to manufacture by casting or machining. GF Machining Solutions' Metal Additive Manufacturing system offers for a complete process solution, allowing seamlessly connecting without losing reference points.
- Process feasibility for printing and post-process operations
- Double-walled single block part
- Reference point for post-processing
- Uniform wall thickness
Turbocharger manufacturing process
Gearbox manifold body
A hydraulic gear box manifold body allowing for gear shift control on the gearbox is a critical part in a Formula 1 car. Machined on the 5-Axis MILL P 800 U from a metal billet to super fine finish, it can be directly assembled. With only the application of a protective coating, there is no need for an extra finishing step.
- Very high surface finish (Ra 0.8 µm) and pitch accuracy
- Complex shapes with deep holes
- Concentricity, flatness and bore diameters in one single process
- Perfect sealing on valves
The drag reduction system is a form of driver-adjustable bodywork aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag in order to increase top speed and promote overtaking. The piston guide part of this system was machined on the MILL P 800 from a titanium bar to generate the desired design requirements.
- Thin-walled part with a center of gravity designed for best performance at high speeds
- Achieve surface flatness < 10 µm
- Concentricity of shaft holes < 8 µm
Suspension mechanisms are motorsport parts with complex profiles, where shaft bores need to be in tandem between the left and right sides. In this example, the front suspension rocker was machined on the MILL P 800 from a titanium bar, and finishing was done in combination with Wire-cutting EDM. Achievements were:
- Small profiles and smooth contours with a 20'000 rpm HSK Step-Tec Spindle
- Very high surface finish (Ra 0.4 µm)
- Splines and gear profiles generated with Wire-cutting EDM
- Post processing such as heat treatment was ensured with System 3R tooling
Manifold exhaust housing
Reducing part weight wherever it is possible without compromising on performance, that's the kind of challenge that producers of exhaust parts face in the motorsport industry. This manifold exhaust housing was first produced by the Additive Manufacturing solution DMP 350, then separated and finished with a Wire-cutting CUT E. The whole process was coordinated with our landmark 3DExpert™ software. The combination of these technologies allowed:
- Complicated thin wall thickness with uniform surface requirements
- Reduce number of parts from 20 to 1 and increase efficiency of engine
- Optimize lead time to market
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Car raced at Kansas in October 2020
GF Machining Solutions has been a pioneer in offering solutions to the motorsport industry for over 3 decades.
Matching their needs with our Milling, EDM and Additive Manufacturing technologies, we help the leading players of the industry achieve process reliability and flexibility, while staying ahead and picking up every technical challenge.
An upper control arm made by our MILL P 800 U at the TRD Manufacturing facility. Discover how our high-speed Milling solution with System 3R Automation and Step-Tec Spindles achieves an outstanding performance in manufacturing high-end motorsport parts!