Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and AM Solutions Team Up to Improve the Shape of Things to Come


Hinwil/Memmelsdorf, 10 June 2021 – Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN takes another step forward in the realm of technological innovation as the organisation unveils a partnership with AM Solutions, a brand of the Rösler Group. As part of the agreement to bolster the team’s post processing of additive manufactured parts, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will acquire three S1 systems by AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology to bring the automation, economic efficiency and repeatability of its post processing to the next level.

AM Solutions is a brand created by Rösler, one of the world’s leading experts in surface finishing, to offer tailor-made products and services designed around the challenges and needs of additive manufacturing. With 3D printing having an increasingly profound effect on every aspect of industrial manufacturing, including that of a Formula One team, the edge given by AM Solutions helps the team have access to industrial solutions for partial to fully automated post processing of polymer and metal additive parts for all printing technologies.

Several 3D printed parts feature on the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41, competing in the 2021 Formula One world championship, and the ability to have more precisely made items created in an efficient and cost-effective way will provide benefits to the team. The new S1 system for the automatic de-powdering and cleaning of small to midsize volumes of 3D printed parts offers numerous new technical features, such as a new basket design for optimal distribution and circulation of the parts, a specially developed wear protection lining made of non-staining anti-static polyurethane, ATEX conformity, and safe and ergonomic machine handling.

(left) Christoph Hansen, Director of Technology & Innovation of Sauber Engineering, with Stephan Rösler, President & CEO of the Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH (Photo courtesy of AM Solutions)
Christoph Hansen, Director of Technology & Innovation of Sauber Engineering, with Stephan Rösler, President & CEO of the Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH (right)(Photo courtesy of AM Solutions)

Stephan Rösler, President & CEO of the Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH: “We are delighted to partner with Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN in the field of post processing of additive manufactured parts. As an early adopter of 3D printing, Sauber has recognized the importance of post processing in terms of automation, cost effectiveness and repeatability in the AM production chain. Their deep knowledge and experience will help us to further improve our solutions and to increase the awareness of our still young AM Solutions brand. We will bring our decades of know-how in surface finishing combined with our tailor made solutions for the needs and challenges of AM to the track. By this partnership, we create a perfect win-win situation for two highly innovative companies that always strive for the max.”

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “Additive manufacturing is playing an ever-increasing role in Formula One and every new iteration of our race cars feature more 3D printed parts – in addition to those used in other operations of the company, from the wind tunnel models to experimental parts. The innovations brought by AM Solutions help us create parts quickly, more efficiently and with less waste, meaning we gain on time and money, two resources available in very finite amounts in our sport, while at the same time improving the sustainability of our operations. It’s all part of the marginal gains we make across every aspect of our operations as we move towards the front of the grid.”

About Rösler:
For over 80 years the privately owned Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH has been actively engaged in the field of surface preparation and surface finishing. As global market leader we offer a comprehensive portfolio of equipment, consumables and services around the mass finishing and shot blasting technologies for a wide spectrum of different industries. Our range of about 15,000 consumables, developed in Customer Experience Centers located all over the world, specifically serves our customers for resolving their individual finishing needs. Under the brand name AM Solutions we offer numerous equipment solutions and services in the area of additive manufacturing/3D printing. Last-but-not-least, as our central training center the Rösler Academy offers practical, hands-on seminars to the subjects mass finishing and shot blasting, lean management and additive manufacturing. Besides the German manufacturing locations in Untermerzbach/Memmelsdorf and Bad Staffelstein/Hausen the Rösler group has a global network of 15 manufacturing/sales branches and 150 sales agents.

About Sauber Group of Companies:
The Sauber Group of Companies is composed of three operational entities: Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One team; Sauber Engineering AG, which focuses on prototype development and additive manufacturing; and Sauber Aerodynamik AG, which conducts full and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and creates ground-breaking innovations in the field of aerodynamics. The companies collaborate closely and share know-how to apply the expertise of more than 500 dedicated individuals at the headquarter in Hinwil, Switzerland, to all internal and external projects. Since its founding in 1970, the passion for racing has been at the heart of Sauber.

For more than 50 years, the innovative Swiss company has been setting standards in the design, development and construction of race cars for various championship series, such as Formula One, DTM, and WEC. Following its own Formula One debut in 1993, Sauber Motorsport AG has established one of the few traditional and privately held teams in the sport. After 25 years of competition in Formula One, the company launched a long-term partnership with Alfa Romeo in 2018 and enters the 2021 championship under the team name Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.

Source: Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH

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