Week 8 was just completed and we have good progress on all projects. Each team is really putting the pedal down. Components are being replicated in CAD environments and models are being built. In this phase we are working out the details. Details that include how exactly will the battery be attached to the frame, how will panels be fastened? What material thickness should be used for vacuum forming? And a million others.
Also, mid-week we received two very special packages from Rob Cappucci of SRAM. As one of our main sponsors SRAM has graciously donated components to outfit our prototypes. James Sloss and Emanual Carrillo picked the packages up from my house and barely got them to their car before opening. They were like two kids in a candy store. Thanks a lot SRAM your support is much appreciated
Our students are using all resources available to them in our college’s rapid prototyping center and model shop. We have students setting up to use laser cutters, CNC mills, vacuum formers and welding equipment. It’s great to see them taking advantage of UC’s great equipment and picking the brains of those supervisors who oversee them. We even have one team that has completed fiberglassing their frame. It looks a little hairy but I think a gallon or two of Bondo will be the cure. With that said if you own stock in “Bondo” look for your margins to go up in the next couple of weeks.