Duke University Motorsports is a student group that designs and builds open wheel, single seat race cars to compete in the Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team consists of Duke students from both Pratt and Trinity, in all classes. The purpose of the team is to provide students with a way to gain practical design and manufacturing experience in a fun and challenging setting.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Making Bodywork, Part 3

So yeah, I guess I owe the team (and the readers) a part three to the bodywork fabrication.  Where we left off on part 2 was partway through sanding the first filler coat on the molds.  After all the molds had filler applied and been sanded smooth, we did it again to fill in the little divots and imperfections that remained.  The next step was to tape the molds with a layer of packing tape.  We do this to preserve the molds so that they can be reused - just in case the release coatings don't work as well as they should.
JP Taping the nose cone
Costi taping a sidepod
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3D printed car

So at the end of the year last year we decided to print a model of our car with the 3D printer.  Here is the result:
The 10" printed FSAE car
Because of the size of the model, things had to be beefed up so that they wouldn't snap.  This was a really annoying and time consuming process honestly, but it was worth it.
The STL version of our car- beefed up for scale

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jan-Mid February Update

We have been very busy at the Duke Motorsports garage, both on and off the car. Duke University recently had their spring semester TechConnect and Career Fair events, and we were lucky enough to have GM IT department come to the event. After lunch with some of the recruiters, we brought them down to the garage to show them last year's car and the progress we've made on this year's car. And of course, when given the opportunity to sit in a race car, who could resist? We want to thank them for their hospitality, and that we really enjoyed having them visit us!