Additive manufacturing is used as a manufacturing technique for a number of parts in the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, in particular the car nose cone and steering wheel have both been manufactured by 3D printing in Titanium.
This video resource produced by the Bloodhound Education Team provides a good introduction to the environmental and economic benefits of additive manufacturing over traditional subtractive manufacturing techniques.
In The Classroom
The Bloodhound Education Project is a great way to inspire and engage students in STEM subjects. It also provides a good theme for learning and developing skills in 3D printing, one project is for students to design and 3D print lightweight wheels for their own vehicle and race them, this activity would be suitable for students from Upper Primary School up to Upper Secondary Level. Visit our blog to see how teams of students at Sheffield UTC did just this at a CREATE Education STEM day.