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British engineering service bureau and consultancy firm Graphite AM has confirmed that it is an official 3D printing partner of the Bloodhound LSR supersonic car project. Applying its SLS expertise, the company is supporting the team’s ambitious goal of breaking the land speed record by supplying lightweight and high strength parts for the vehicle.
“We at Graphite AM have been delighted to be supporting the Bloodhound SSC project and have built an array of parts large and small,” said a company spokesperson in a recent announcement. “We are a small cog in a very big wheel and are proud to be supporting the project.”
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The news comes just months after the Bloodhound team confirmed that they would be trying for a 500 mph test run in October following the successful acquisition and relaunch by Yorkshire businessman Ian Warhurst in March this year.
Andy Green, the current World Land Speed Record holder and Bloodhound LSR pilot, praised the manufacturing methods being applied to help the team reach above 1000 mph on land. “Even something as simple as a piece of ducting” he explains, “tells a fascinating story about the cutting-edge technology being used in Bloodhound.”
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Launched in October 2008, then as the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC), the Bloodhound Land Speed Record or LSR is the successor to the ThrustSSC which became the first vehicle to break the sound barrier on October 15, 1997. It is powered by two engines – one a Rolls-Royce jet engine and the other a hybrid rocket thruster. A British project, Swansea University’s College of Engineering is heavily involved in the construction of the car, having incorporated the vehicle into its curriculum. British additive manufacturing specialist Renishaw has also contributed to its development, producing several metal parts including a prototype...
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