Every year students dedicated to the art and science of engineering work on a combined project that requires the complete design and fabrication of a vehicle for the Formula SAE competition.
“The Formula SAE® competition is for SAE student members to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete using small formula-style racing cars . Restrictions are placed on the car frame and engine so that the knowledge, creativity, and imagination of the students are challenged. The cars are built with a team effort over a period of about one year and are taken to the annual competition for judging and comparison with approximately 140 other vehicles from colleges and universities throughout the world. The end result is a great experience for creative students in a meaningful engineering project, as well as the opportunity of working in a dedicated team effort.”
The FSAE team recently used the University of Michigan’s Virtual Reality MIDEN to virtual test the placement of instruments in their cab as well as general spacing for their primary drivers. Additionally, the team used the lab’s Digital Fabrication services to rapid develop dashboards, steering wheels, and other components for their latest design.
Starting back in 2006, the UM3D Lab has been a supporter of the team’s efforts and look forward to each year’s new design.