3Dconnexion has been a longtime supporter of Formula Student, the racecar engineering competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This year we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Team Bath Racing, the Formula Student team from the University of Bath in the UK.
The Team Bath Racing 2013 crew currently fields the fastest Formula Student car in the UK. Each year, the team designs a completely new car from scratch to ensure the greatest learning experience for the engineering students involved. The 2014 team has already started work on concepts for its car.
Newly equipped with 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigators and SpaceMouse Pro 3D mice, Team Bath Racing 2014 are confident they can achieve their goal of being the first UK team to win the Silverstone Formula Student event.
Racing to the Finish Line with 3D Mice
Formula Student is a unique competition that’s about a lot more than simply winning races: it is really a testing ground for the next generation of world-class engineers. Teams from around the world compete to design, build and race single-seater cars that are judged by a panel of experts in a range of static and dynamic events including design, cost, acceleration, sprint, endurance and fuel economy.
Simply having the fastest car is certainly no guarantee of an overall win. The target market is the amateur, weekend racer, so the cars need to be inexpensive and reliable. Other considerations include appearance, comfort and the use of standard parts.
This year in Austria, Team Bath Racing secured its best ever result in the Endurance race, coming 2nd and taking 4th place overall in the competition. With planning for the 2014 car underway, we will be following the team’s progress on the 3DxBlog as they move from concepts to finalising the design to building and testing the car. Then, it will be back to CAD to improve the design and make the final refinements before the 2014 competition season opens.
On the 25-strong Team Bath Racing 2014 team, there are nine people in CAD intensive roles now benefiting from using a 3D mouse. These include the CAD assembly, powertrain and chassis managers, as well as the monocoque, space frame, suspension, wing and aero designers.
Stay Tuned for Updates on the Team's Progress
Over the course of the year we’ll hear from the various members of the team about the challenges they faced and the benefits of designing with 3D mice. The 2014 Team Bath Racing manager, Dave Turton, is already something of an expert, having taken a year off from university to work for Williams F1—where he used a 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer every day.
“I fully appreciate how 3D mice contribute to efficient working,” says Dave. “We’re going to be under time pressure to produce and finalize our design, and having everyone equipped with a 3D mouse is going to be a big productivity booster. They certainly created a lot of interest when they arrived! We’re currently busy finalising the conceptual design of the 2014 and will begin intensive CAD modeling soon.”
Watch this space for regular updates as we count down to competition time, and show your support for the team by following @TeamBathRacing on Twitter.
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