Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Got Backbone?


These images show the development of the tunnel or "backbone" of the chassis. The tubes have been designed in SolidWorks first taking into account all of the components they will have to package and have been placed with passenger seating in mind. The tape you see in the pictures is a quick way we check the placement of those tubes to get perspective on the "feel" factor which you don't get in the computer.

Therefore, I set a seat in the chassis using the H Point in the model as a reference to check the placement of the tubes/tape, how they affect seating, pedal placement etc., and will modify their locations accordingly. This is much faster than cutting sample tubes, tack welding them in place, re-cutting and moving as needed, then re-evaluating since I can put the tape down and pick it up and move it a number of times to get the right placement and then make the changes in the model before cutting the actual tubes.

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