February Progress Update
|Pink Skies with her twin chassis in the background
|Front-wheel components on the kitchen table
|Entire front fork assembly with brakes mounted
While assembling the forks, Kyle and I worked on the chassis design in Siemens NX, a computer-aided design program. Kyle and I spent all of Thanksgiving break finalizing our chassis design and running simulations in ANSYS Workbench in order to ensure the chassis is strong enough to survive our adventure from New York to Los Angeles. Xometry, a sheet metal manufacturing company, cut and folded all of the aluminum monocoque parts for us.
This saved us a significant amount of time and cost us a significant amount of money.
The chassis was expected to arrive during winter break when Kyle and I could get lots of work done before school started again; due to some unforeseen delays, it didn't arrive until the day before school started for the semester.
|The chassis upon first arriving in Okemos
|Chassis with all five bulkheads riveted into place
|Motor with tire installed and mounted onto chassis
Currently, the chassis is rolling! The steering and brake lines still need to be completed. Once that is done, we will start installing the electronics. As I am writing this, all major electrical components have been purchased and are on the way. In the next update, the motor should be spinning under its own power!