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01 Jul 2009
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 10:23
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An advanced solar car developed by students of the University of Michigan utilizes advanced engineering techniques from the Z Corporation.
The university’s solar car team created the “Infinium,” a 10th-generation solar vehicle that will race against more than 50 other teams in the six-day competition the Global Green Challenge on October 25 of this year.
The Infinium can go for more than 300 miles without the sun, but using a lithium battery, space-grade solar cells, and an in-wheel electric motor that peaks at 98% efficiency. It has a top speed of 87 miles per hour and weight of only 400 pounds.
The university’s engineering approach exemplifies the standardization of 3D scanning and printing in advanced R&D organizations.
The team used a Z Corporation 3D printing and scanning. The team members used a ZScanner 700 to inspect prototypes against digital designs to ensure accuracy for wind tunnel testing and capture engineering data from solar car prototypes from the team’s 20-year history.
The team also used a ZPrinter multicolor 3D printer to create prototypes of parts like its ergonomic steering wheel and motor housing. These helped the team conduct form, fit, and functional testing before production.
The Z Corporation makes products to enable users to capture, edit, and print 3D data. Its 3D printers are said to be the world’s fastest. The technology is used in a wide range of applications in manufacturing, architecture, engineering, geographic information systems, medicine, and entertainment.
- Katrice R. Jalbuena