The best way to get started with designing new components for our car is to use a CAD app. 123D Design is a free app available for iPad, Mac & Windows. It is better featured on the Mac than iPad. I have not used the Windows version. 123D design is made by Autodesk – a World leader in CAD software.
Learning 3D skills with CAD is an excellent way to prepare for a career in architecture, engineering, product design, aerospace, motorsport & fashion. With the rapid growth of 3D printing, the demand for individuals with 3D skills is certainly set to increase.
Why not try and create your own steering wheel. Here’s one I made earlier – as an example.
I made this illustration showing the side of the car chassis. The drawing is 1:10 scale (so 1mm on the drawing =10mm full size).
This drawing (Adobe illustrator on Mac) helps us to understand where body panels might best be attached to the chassis and the size of each panel. The circles with crosses in represent the centre of the wheels.
On Sunday 19th April 2015, there will be a Test Day for the race cars at Goodwood Motor circuit. Hurst College, The Eastbourne Academy, Stem Sussex and other schools will be there to test our cars. The Test Day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 4:00pm. Don’t forget to get your tickets from here. Make sure you will be there, we will have loads of fun!
To drive our race car everyone must wear a helmet over a balaclava. We received our first ones today. A super cool looking matt black full face helmet.
Students will be provided a suitable race helmet & balaclava to wear at each race event. Please make sure you look after any helmet you are provided. We will be checking to ensure the helmet has not been damaged when you hand it back.
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We received our new blank race suits today. Naturally we tried them on for size and a photo opportunity. Pictured here (left to right) is Warren Welford, Gemma Heath & John Parvin. Standing outside Solutions inc. HQ.
Next task is to take a suit to a company that specialises in bespoke embroidery. First we watched a Youtube video of how RedBull racing add decals and logos to their race suits. They use embroidery, so will we. Dan Carboni (marketing manager, Solutions inc.) set off at lunch time today to visit the embroidery company in Shoreham to ask their advice.
Logos and decal designs are first prepared on a Mac computer using Adobe Illustrator software. Computer controlled embroidery machines will then take the designs and apply them directly to the race suits using a mix of colour cotton spools that allow for complex colour designs. Unlike printing onto the suits using a silk screen printing process, which is how most T-shirts are printed, embroidery is sewn into to the suit and the design will not rub or wash off over time.
Students from The Eastbourne Academy recently visited Hurst College to see the progress their students have made on the race car so far. After a very warm welcome and tea from Hurst, everyone helped to shape the car by sanding down the foam body, adjusted the brakes and steering, took measurements and even got to have a test drive!