New version of BAC Mono uses generative design to reduce wheel weight

April 08, 2020 | Case Study

Briggs Automotive Company recently announced the newest version of the Mono, a street-legal single-seater race car launched in 2011. As a $250,000 performance vehicle, the Mono has long made extensive use of high-end advanced materials and production processes to reduce weight and maximize acceleration, top speed, and handling. This includes graphene-enhanced carbon fiber composite body panels as well as dozens of 3D-printed components like headlights and sideview mirrors. This year, though, the company announced that it used Autodesk's Fusion 360 generative design (GD) tools to reduce the weight of the aluminum five-axis computer numerical control (CNC) milled wheels by 4.8 kg (1.2 kg reduction per wheel).

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