Making “Greenspeed” in the UVM FabLab

AERO

The Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO) uses the FabLab almost daily during the school year to prototype different parts on their alternative energy racing car, Greenspeed. The machine they use most is the laser cutter. The laser cutter allows them to create quick cardboard prototypes to ensure proper geometry and measurements for car parts that will later be machined.

“The rapid prototyping tools of the FabLab make it easy for AERO to iterate and prototype quickly,” says team member Emmie Bolt. Access to the FabLab provides opportunities for the group to be creative and customize designs.

image00Photographed here is the AERO car steering wheel, printed on the FabLab’s Stratysys Dimension 3d printer in 2013. Through multiple years of racing competitions it has held up extremely well and will hopefully steer the car to victory at this spring’s annual International Formula Hybrid Competition.

Learn more about UVM AERO

Learn more about the Formula Hybrid Competition

 

Photos provided by Emmie Bolt and AERO.
Post submitted by Emmie Bolt

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3D Printing the Rank-3 Shi Arrangement

 

Greg Warrington
Professor Greg Warrington
Associate Chair, Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics
Photo credit: Sally McCay

A challenge in many parts of mathematics is that of visualizing structures that live in four dimensions and higher. Such visualizations are crucial for intuition as often important mathematical intricacies do not arise in lower dimensions. In this project, the CEMS UVM FabLab helped Professor Warrington make a 3D print of a four-dimensional hyperplane arrangement called the rank-3 Shi arrangement.

The project was funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Faculty Activity Network (FAN)

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