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Racing team renews 3D design deal

Ford Performance Racing’s cutting edge technology has been secured for another year after the V8 Supercar Championship Series team re-signed with Product Lifecycle Management Australasia (PLMA).

The agreement will see FPR’s engineers continue to design using PLMA’s NX I-deas technology, which revolutionised the team’s operations four years ago.

“Prior to us having NX I-deas, we didn’t have a 3D CAD package so any parts we designed were 2D,”said Design Engineer Andrew Neilson. “Complex shapes needed to go out and be redesigned in 3D for manufacture so this software has absolutely allowed us to become more independent. We have all the conceptualising, validating, designing and manufacturing tools in-house now.”

NX I-deas software is used to create engineering designs, from radiator end plates to wheel hubs, which are then passed to the team’s machine shop to be manufactured. The accuracy of the system means each car is identical so no driver is ever compromised.

“Since we’ve been using NX I-deas, we’ve been able to design the car from the ground up,” said Neilson. “The guys manufacture to +/-1mm accuracy at the very most so all the parts are interchangeable between cars. We can test each part quickly with very short lead times whilst still having confidence they will work.”

NX I-deas, which has a market value in the tens of thousands of dollars, has also been vital in designing the new FG Falcon race car as Ford uses the same software. “It’s strengthened our working relationship because we all talk the same language,” added Neilson.

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