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University of Connecticut Students Design Racecar with Help from 3D Systems Geomagic Software

by • July 22, 2016 • No Comments

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[Image: UConn Formula SAE via Facebook]

Racing, in its different types of forms, is a excellent way to get students, of elementary school to college level, considering creatively and implementing skills in STEM (science, innovation, engineering, math) and turn it into. Numerous schools and universities across the world have implemented programs that challenge students to turn it into and turn it into their own vehicles to race against other students and schools – of soapbox derbies to the Formula SAE, an international competition in that university students turn it into and race Formula-style cars.

The initially Formula SAE competition took place in 1979; since and so, it has grown and expanded into a multinational organization with races all over the globe. The University of Connecticut has been participating since 2009 with teams turn it intod of students of the Department of Engineering. When they began planning their turn it into for this year’s competition, the students decided that they may turn it into their vehicle additional effectively and efficiently if they had a 3D CAD version of their engine.

download (14)For assist, the team reveryed out to Bolton Works, an East Hartford, Connecticut company specializing in 3D scanning, metrology and reverse engineering, and asked if they may scan and turn it into a detailed 3D version of the engine. Bolton Works agreed to assist, and began researching by examining other engines that had been 3D scanned and versioned. They were less than impressed.

“We looked into what other universities did so far,” said Mark Bliek, President of Bolton Engineering. “What we noticed is that either the versions were not quite detailed, or they were created in a way that the individual components may not be taken off the version.”

geo2The company wanted to do advantageous than that, so they begined by scanning the entire assembled engine and converting the data into an STL file. They and so took the engine apart and scanned every individual component, importing the scan data with 3D Systems’ Geomagic Wrap software. Employing the scan of the assembled engine as a template, they reassembled the individual components into a new version with Geomagic Design X software. The finalized CAD parts were and so transferred into SOLIDWORKS MCAD software.

“Before we just had this kind of vague version that just had a few reference points off of the engine…but nothing quite accurate,” said UConn Formula SAE’s Chief Engineer Jon Sobanski. “So when we got this new version, we were finally able-bodied to turn it into a much additional intricate intake mount that interfaced with the engine. Not just that, but we were able-bodied to in fact turn it into our frame around the engine for the initially real time.”

According to Bliek, a project like this one may have taken at very least six months with older software programs. With 3D Systems’ software, he said, it took the company just a month of begin to finish.

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[Image: UConn Formula SAE via Facebook]

“The CAD data that Bolton Works has provided us has enable-bodiedd us to get all of our parts to fit together precisely how they require to, so the differential is spaced perfectly, and the intake fits perfectly,” said Mikaela Worthington, the team’s Powertrain Engineer. “None of that may have been possible if we were attempting to version it all by hand.”

The multiple-race SAE competition took place in Michigan of May 11-14. Despite a few weather-related setbacks, the UConn team came in 26th out of 100 teams, and were quite elated with the car’s performance. You can learn additional at a lower place and of 3D Systems. Discuss this project additional in the 3D Model Helps Create Racecar forum over at 3DPB.com.