Plans for 3D printed circuit race in Carmarthenshire unveiled

Plans are currently being put together for a futuristic 3D Circuit Race that’ll take place in Carmarthenshire this summer.

Earmarked for Carmarthen Park’s velodrome in July, the 3D-printed remote control car race will see pupils from eight primary schools take part.

Children have begun work on 3D printing and assembling remote control cars and have secured sponsorship from regional car dealerships. Each school will have its own pit area.

Sponsors of the race include HG Bryer of Dryslwyn, Gravells of Kidwelly, J & J Motors of Cross Hands, OC Davies of Carmarthen, Bassetts of Carmarthen, Lloyd Motors of Aberaeron, John F Hutchings Ltd, and Howards of Carmarthen.

As an official launch partner, Swansea Univerity has donated 3D printers to the participating schools. They are Ysgol Gynradd Nantgaredig, Ysgol y Dderwen, Ysgol Teilo Sant, Ysgol Llanybydder, Ysgol Llanllwni, Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen, Ysgol y Bedol and Ysgol Peniel.

Dr Dimitris Pletsas, of Swansea University, said: “The Formula 3D Circuit Race won’t just be fun for participating children – it’ll also be educational because of the engineering, design, IT, problem-solving, marketing and teamworking skills they’ll learn.

“The race will be a terrific event, but what’s more important is the journey these schools will embark on to adopt this type of technology as part of their teaching and learning environments in the longer term.

“We also hope the event will be a catalyst for the accelerated adoption of 3D printing technology at other schools across Carmarthenshire and beyond. Technical support groups for all participating schools will be established as part of a continuing drive to promote science and innovation in schools across west Wales.”

Pupils won’t just design, create and test their cars, but they’ll also pick team colours and negotiate advertising deals for the event. The cars will be installed with small cameras for replay and viewing.

“To keep pace with the rest of the world, a project called ‘Factory of the Future’ that’s due to be part-funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal will see expert engineers working alongside regional manufacturers to identify and implement smart manufacturing solutions in south west Wales,” added Dr Pletsas.

“This means far more jobs in the smart manufacturing sector will be created in future, which is why it’s so important to introduce our children to this technology.”