If you were to have walked into our workspace this past week, chances are you wouldn't have seen anybody. The CAEN (computer) lab was empty, no electrical engineers were to be found in the electrical bays, and the main shop floor was uninhabited - save for our mule car. Yet, this past week has been our busiest week of the summer so far.
Almost everyday this week, we've been sending two groups of team members out to manufacture different portions of our vehicle. Denny, Tyler, Michael, and Ian - our 2015 race electricals - spent most of their week at GM's Warren Technical Center welding a battery pack for our next vehicle.
The battery pack is broken up into modules and cells - there's a certain number of cells in a module and a certain number of modules in a pack. To arrange the cells in a module we 3D print brackets that safely lock each cell into position.
Our Makerbot Replicator 2Xs helped in speeding up the process of designing and printing the brackets. With the Makerbot 3D printers, we were able to test a variety of designs and better optimize the final layout of the brackets.
Almost everyone else who wasn't welding at GM was at Roush sanding and manufacturing the molds for our next car. With all parts of the car coming together, things are getting pretty exciting in Ann Arbor! We're going to have some big news in a couple weeks that we can't wait to share. If you're curious what the name of Michigan's next solar car is going to be, what it's going to look like, or where we're going to be testing in the United States; stay posted!