1996-10-01

Manufacturing Vehicle Components for an SAE Formula Race Car, A Case Study for an Integrated CAD/CAM Approach 962361

At Western Washington University s Vehicle Research Institute (VRI) students are currently working on producing a Formula Race Car for the annual SAE competition For the last two years students in the VRI in collaboration with the Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) program have been using an integrated CAD/CAM approach in designing and manufacturing parts for the car
Some of the parts manufactured with this approach include Bulkheads as main chassis members a-arms for suspension brake callipers hubs drive sprockets spindles drive axles shifter components suspension uprights and wheel reinforcements All the parts are machined on a four axis CNC Vertical Machining Centre and a three axis Turning Centre This integrated CAD/CAM approach allows a team of ten students to design and produce a complete race car in a period of eight months with excellent successes in the competition having achieved fourth place overall in a field of eighty-five competitors Having won the best performing car at the event the integrated CAD/CAM approach is considered the driving force behind the success

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