The Swedish company Leander Bros. is a serious competitor in the European Drag Racing Championship circuit, and this year the team is introducing a 3,500 hp entry into a specific segment of the circuit—the Funny Car segment. But don't laugh: There is nothing funny about this Funny Car.
A Mustang derivative, Leander's Top Methanol Funny Car entry reportedly goes up to 250 mph.
Engineers on the racing team are using IronCAD (www.ironcad.com) software in their race-car design efforts. "It has made it possible for us to evaluate more design concepts," says Ulf Leanders.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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