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HSMWorks Sponsors Team with Software

HSMWorks has donated their full CAM software for use by MIT vehicle teams in our N51 shop. The description of their software below is from their website http://www.hsmworks.com/.

HSMWorks is a fully integrated CAM for SolidWorks, which provides effective generation of high quality 2D, 3D and 3+2 milling toolpaths for high speed machining.

The HSMWorks interface is designed for SolidWorks users and machinists alike. If you know SolidWorks, getting to know HSMWorks will be easy and straight forward.

I first used HSMWorks in another MIT lab and was blown away by its ease of use and speed. It is a huge step up from Mastercam 9 which we previously used and is sure to significantly reduce the number of hours we spend prepping for machining. Another plus to HSMWorks is their incredible service. It was less then 24 hours between asking for the software and having the license keys in my inbox!
THANK YOU to the HSMWorks team.
I’m off to make some G-code sans profanity.
~Rachel
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element14 Sponsors MIT SEVT

We are very pleased to announce our newest sponsor element14, who have donated much needed tools and equipment. We give many thanks to Nicole and others for making this happen.

Here is a short description of element14. Please check them out.

element14 is a new, innovative information portal and eCommunity specifically built for electronic design engineers.  It provides product data, design tools and technology information, whilst incorporating web 2.0 functionality to facilitate communication, interaction, collaboration and information sharing between colleagues around the world.  Users can consult experts, discover trends, post blogs, articles and comments in this world-wide forum.

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Body Layup!

Our top mold arrived in Cambridge on Thursday, and we are cooking our layup right now.

From top to bottom: waxing the mold, cutting composites to size, and our curing oven.

I’m super excited to see how it turns out.

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SEVT Featured in Technology Review

The May/June 2010 issue of the Technology Review features an article about the SEVT’s experience in the 2009 Global Green Challenge.
Racing With the Sun

You can also check out the slide show and video.

Enjoy!

Fiona

The Tech article, Boston Teen Life Fair

Last week, Eleanor and the SEVT were featured in The Tech, MIT’s student newspaper.

On Saturday, February 7th, we will be displaying Eleanor at the TeenLife Boston Community Service Fair in Chestnut Hill, MA. This will be Eleanor’s first public appearance since Australia. In fact, she hasn’t been shown in the U.S. since we visited the Detroit Science Center this past summer.

Fiona

Race Pictures

Although the results of the race are in and we will be heading to the awards ceremony in a few hours, here are a few pictures from scrutineering and qualifying. Eleanor was scrutineered on Wednesday 10/21. Race officials verified the car’s dimensions, weight, and array size. All drivers were weighed so we could be ballasted up to 80 kg. The entire caravan and all of our safety equipment was inspected. We demonstrated Eleanor’s turn signals and brake lights and our battery pack was tied shut so that any tampering during the race would we obvious. Below some of our electrical team members, Alex, Robert and Kelly, discuss the car’s electrical system with the scrutineers.

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In Adelaide

Thursday:
We crossed the end-of-timing control stop in the afternoon. However, the finish line in Adelaide was closed by the time we got there, so we put Eleanor in the trailer for the night.

We finished 2nd out of the Challenge Class silicon array cars :)

Friday:
We drove the car up to Victoria Square, crossed the finish line, and jumped into the fountain. The team spent the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the city.

We’ll pack up the trailer tomorrow and head to Sydney on Monday.

kelly

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A nice finish in 2nd.

I just got this report from Alex Hayman, in Australia:

“We pulled into the Adelaide timing point at 431pm on Thursday, approximately one hour behind UNSW. So, 6th overall, 5th challenge class, and 2nd in Silicon class.

Done.
Alex”

We’re extremely pleased.

Third Stage Stop

We’ve arrived at Kulgera. We’re in fourth place in the Challenge class overall; first in the Silicon category, which is exciting. Today we passed Team Twente from the Netherlands who had quite unfortunately rolled their car, breaking suspension and array components. Hopefully they’ll get back up and running soon. They took a picture of us passing.

Teams that had trouble at the beginning of the race (UNSW, Aurora 101) are catching up, so it’ll be an exciting finish.

Second Stage Stop

We’ve reached the 1169 kilometer mark. Ethan and Mike switched off driving, taking over from Kelly and Fiona the first day. We encountered no other solar cars on the road, so our standing has not changed, but we did encounter a few bumps in the road. From roughly 11 AM – 4 PM, we were under the cloud of a brush fire; we also burst a tire and had to change part of our suspension. We’re still keeping an eye on our battery life. Overall though, we’re pretty happy with where we are so far and look forward to our third day.