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Maximising Safety and Performance in Motorsports with 3D Scanning

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3D scanning has revolutionised the motorsport and after market industries recently. It’s ability to quickly and accurately capture form and enable the reverse-engineer of complex car parts or scan interior spaces,  has made customisation and performance optimisation easier and more effective.

Reverse-engineering complex car parts for optimisation

In motorsport and after market industries, it is often required to customise or modify existing parts, designs or assemblies in order to improve performance or to add new elements for safety or aerodynamics, for example.

3D scanning is a valuable tool here because it allows engineers to quickly and accurately capture the precise dimensions and geometry an existing part, surface or region of the car. This is especially useful for parts that are hard to measure or complex in form, as engineers can get a detailed, accurate representation of the part without having to disassemble an assembly or spend a long time trying to map the surface in CAD with calculations.

Creating custom-fit safety equipment

In the motorsport industry, safety is incredibly important and there are lots of regulations controlling how a car intended for racing is to be set up and made safe. One way 3D scanning is helping improve safety is by allowing engineers to create custom safety equipment for drivers. By scanning a driver’s body, it is possible to create seats, harnesses, and other safety equipment that is tailored specifically to their unique anatomy. This can help ensure that the seats or driver aids fit properly and provides enhanced protection and support.

In addition to improving comfort and safety, custom-fit equipment can also help to reduce the risk of injury in the event of a crash or accident.

Roll Cage development

In addition to creating custom seats and harnesses, 3D scanning is also being used to optimise the design and fabrication of roll cages, a structural element that is designed to protect the driver and increase a cars rigidity. In motorsport, roll cages are required in many classes and they must be designed and built to strict safety standards.

3D scanning can be used to create detailed, digital representations of the interior of a vehicle shell, allowing engineers to design a roll cage picking up on key structural mounting points. Engineers can then ensure that the roll cage fits well first time and provides the necessary level of protection.

By creating a digital model of the car’s interior, engineers can use CAD software to design and FEA analysis software test different roll cage configurations before building a physical prototype. This can help to reduce the time and cost of roll cage fabrication, and can also help to improve the overall performance of the vehicle. Or, maybe the Roll Cage has already been developed and built in-situ? 3D scanning helps capture its exact geometry and from there you can use that data to do FEA analysis, recreate the cage using CNC tube bending or to simply document and store the data.

3D scanning has had a significant impact on the motorsport and after market industries. Its ability to quickly and accurately capture 3D data of complex car parts, interiors and assemblies has made customisation and performance modifications easier, more efficient and more effective than ever before

Technological Advancements are Fuelling Motorsport Developments

3D scanning has had a significant impact on the motorsport and after market industries. Its ability to quickly and accurately capture 3D data of complex car parts, interiors and assemblies has made customisation and performance modifications easier, more efficient and more effective than ever before

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