According to the SAE International website, the concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style racecar. The prototype racecar is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the racecar is the non-professional weekend autocross racer.
Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving. The vehicle will be inspected in a series of tests to ensure it complies with the competition rules; in addition, the vehicle with driver will be judged in many performance tests on track. The rest of the judging is completed by experts from motorsports, automotive, aerospace and supplier industries on student design, cost and sales presentations.
For over 15 years, Sandvik Coromant has been supporting Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and their Manufacturing Processes and Systems (MPS) class in the Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL). But this is the first year we have assisted the Motorsport Team with the manufacture and build of their 23rd Formula SAE vehicle. Working with resources in the MILL, the Formula SAE Team and Sandvik Coromant tooling, the student team built the car from scratch and completed it within the school year. The students design and fabricate most of the components. They bend and weld the frame and the machined parts are made in manufacturing lab on Haas machines.
According to Dayne Mosconi, Technical Sales Engineer, "We are available when students run into a machining challenge or encounter a difficult material." He continues, "We often help recommend the appropriate insert grade, cutting data and application strategy and share the fundamentals of metal cutting with the students."
Per Jacob Miller, Rensselaer Motorsport Facilities and Safety Manager, "I'd like to thank Sandvik Coromant for helping us with our manufacturing efforts to build what is possibly one of the most advanced vehicles this team has produced. I'm proud to say that your donation of inserts helped us greatly with manufacturing components and cutting materials that in previous years would not have been possible or would have been very time consuming. In addition, several components would not be possible without the generous amount of machine time granted to the team to manufacture various components."
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About the SAE International Formula SAE Program:
Per the SAE International website, the SAE International Formula SAE program is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The competition provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition. The engineering design goal for teams is to develop and construct a single-seat racecar for the non-professional weekend autocross racer with the best overall package of design, construction, performance and cost.