Carbon Fiber Layup Prep

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 …

Thanks to The Young Engineers

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 …

Support from Aurora Bearings — Thanks Aurora!

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 …

Thanks to Fastener Mart

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, …

Baking Our Mold

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 …

Mold Progress

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 …