Timelapse – Now with sound and labels!

We’ve re-uploaded the timelapse video of our bottom shell fiberglass mold process with added sound and labels. I hope that makes it a little easier to digest! It’s difficult to find great music to put in YouTube videos without infringing copyrights, so thanks SGX for letting us use your awesome …

Removing the mold

Today, we began removing the bottom shell mold that we created over spring break. We made a fair amount of progress, but the vertical walls of the fairings and canoe (large center piece) are still being quite tough. If we had put bottle caps on the vertical walls, it would …

Can we shine these on the array?

Thanks to LEDtronics, Inc. for providing us with strips of LED lighting! LEDtronics’ mission is “To Replace Energy Wasting Lighting With World Class Environmentally Responsible LED bulbs and Products”. Read more about them on their About Us page. We can use these as turn signals and brake lights on our …

Fiberglass – a closer look

Here’s two close-ups of the fiberglass layups we did earlier this week. First, the 1/8″ thick piece: As you can see, it is very uniform in appearance because the epoxy solution covered the fiberglass and seeped into the Nomex evenly at every point. Now let’s look at the 1/4″ thick …

Cutting with water (video!)

We took a look at the fiberglass layups we did yesterday, and they turned out alright. The larger, 1/8″ thick piece (on the bottom in the photo) fared better, as it was more uniform looking and the epoxy and hardener solution spread evenly throughout the material. The smaller, 1/4″ thick …

More Food!

Thanks to Evanston Papa John’s for giving us 5 free pizzas last night, and to Noodles & Company for giving us a bunch of meals tonight! Also, thanks to Ady Dunk for arranging several food donations to keep us happy during this intense spring break!

State of the Garage

A month ago, I posted photos of our garage right after we cleaned it, almost completely empty. Here it is today, full once again with the top foam plug for our new car, which we picked up 2 hours ago (on the left) and our old car, SC5 (on the …

Practice Fiberglass Layups

Today, we practiced doing fiberglass layups by making simple rectangles with Nomex honeycomb material in the middle. They are currently curing in the shop, and I hope they turn out well. It was a bit difficult to get a good vacuum seal around the part, but with some adjustments to …