ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT JOINS STRATASYS INITIATIVE TO 3D PRINT PORTIONS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Five-time Indianapolis 500 champions Andretti Autosport has joined Stratasys in creating 3D printed portions of PPE for frontline medical personnel. Stratasys, the official 3D printing partner of Andretti Autosport, has launched an initiative bringing together over 1200 of their customers including 7 of their Performance Partners from autosports and yacht racing using Stratasys 3D printers to produce components of face shields that will then be assembled by Stratasys and distributed to medical facilities in need.
“We are extremely proud to join the Stratasys community in helping to produce 3D printed portions of face shields. Our medical workers and first responders are the front line of helping to protect our Nation right now, and we’re happy to help to protect them in any way we can,” said Michael Andretti, Chairman & CEO of Andretti Autosport.
Stratasys has already distributed over 30,000 shields in March and a total of 120,000 planned for delivery in April.
“Stratasys is proud to partner with Andretti Autosport to utilize our products in creative ways,” said Allen Kreemer, Stratasys Senior Strategic Applications Engineer. “The fast response from Andretti Autosport staff to assist in our 3D printed COVID19 face shield initiative has been another wonderful example of this successful partnership.”
Andretti Autosport has two Stratasys 3D printers: an F370 and a 450mc and is working heavily with the team’s Andretti Technologies counterpart on the project. Typically, these printers are purposed for printing components for everyday racing operations but are being reallocated to printing shield components during the COVID-19 crisis. With both printers working simultaneously, Andretti Autosport will be able to print components for approximately 100 shields every 72 hours.
“When we learned of the opportunity to join Stratasys in this initiative, we knew right away that we wanted to help and do our part in representing the racing community in this fight,” said Andretti Technologies Managing Director, Marissa Andretti, “We are proud to assist in the efforts to provide PPE to the front-line workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important to us to help in any way we can to make a difference, and to do so as quickly as possible during this time.”