CADing the different components and systems
CADing our frame in Solidworks helped us to better visualize our vehicle, which resulted in us making some changes to the frame and connectors. It helped us to improve upon the structural integrity of the frame, and create connectors that optimize the amount of aluminium plate given to us.
We also split the CAD work among the three of us, as the Solidworks workload was quite heavy, and this way we could all gain some experience in Solidworks as well. We CADed the steering system separately, before assembling this together with the frame.
CADing was a good way for us to confirm the dimensions of our frame and other parts, knowing that they will be properly aligned. CADing was also essential in helping us know what parts to order. We ordered more specialised parts such as shoulder screws for our front wheel axles.
We then put the parts together to form…
Budgeting: What’s there left to purchase?
We now have a total of around $65 left to purchase remaining components for the brake and throttle system, belt and sprocket, seat and electrical system. $65 is not alot, thus we will have to carefully plan for the remainder of our budget! Hopefully it will be enough, otherwise we may have to beg, borrow