Archive for April, 2012

Carbon Fiber Layup Prep

Posted: 19th April 2012 by Alex Zhu in Uncategorized

Tonight, we did a simulated carbon fiber layup on our mold (with everything but the carbon fiber) to see if everything was working as it should, and so everyone on the team understands how the process works. We began by resting 2-3 layers of breather fabric over the mold. Breather fabric is a sheet of [...]

Thanks to The Young Engineers

Posted: 18th April 2012 by Alex Zhu in Uncategorized

NUsolar would like to thank The Young Engineers for providing us with grommets! These pieces will protect the bolt holes in the Nomex and carbon fiber panels in our car, by spreading force and preventing the bolts from crushing the Nomex material. The Young Engineers develops advanced fasteners and other products for the aerospace industry, [...]

Support from Aurora Bearings — Thanks Aurora!

Posted: 17th April 2012 by Alex Zhu in Uncategorized

We’d like to thank Aurora Bearing Company for their generous support in helping us obtain bearings and rod ends to be used in our new suspension system. Founded in 1971, Aurora Bearings has grown to become a world leader in the rod end and spherical bearing industry. They carry a complete line of standard rod [...]

Thanks to Fastener Mart

Posted: 16th April 2012 by Alex Zhu in Uncategorized

NUsolar would like to thank Fastener Mart for their generous donation of flex-loc nuts, which will ensure that the components of our car can stay tight together, even under rough road vibrations and shock. Fastener Mart carries over 28,000 different bolts, screws, washers, nuts, metric fasteners, anchors, pins, rings, rivets, rods and more. They sell [...]

Baking Our Mold

Posted: 14th April 2012 by Matthew Filak in Uncategorized

Nothing like waking up early to the smell of some fresh baked goods, huh? Well instead, we woke up super early yesterday to drive our mold out to Woodstock, IL, home of Precision Quincy, who manufactures ovens and communications shelters.   They’ve got an oven big enough for our mold to fit in, so we threw [...]

Mold Progress

Posted: 4th April 2012 by Alex Zhu in Uncategorized

We got all the foam off the mold earlier this week and applied another surface coat to it. This was the first time we saw the mold, and although there are a couple small areas that will definitely need some fixing, overall it turned out pretty well. Tonight we went to the Autobay to sand [...]