Out of all the solar car teams in Canada, only one is not affiliated with a university: the Power of One Solar Car Project (XOF1). Founded by environment enthusiast Marcelo de Luz, Power of One has done some really interesting projects such as crossing Canada twice, driving into the arctic circle and this year, Marcelo is pulling the solar car from Toronto to Ottawa to raise awareness.
Blue Sky Solar Racing team members are not only passionate about building solar cars, we are also a group of students very interested in anything from renewable energy solutions to innovative technology. So when we heard that the Das Haus Pavilion arriving in Toronto, we decided to go take a look.
Do you still remember how you spent your spring break? We definitely do! A dozen of our mechanical and aerodynamics team members were fortunate to attend a week-long CATIA V6 training session sponsored to us by Aventec located in Markham, Ontario. Aventec provides Product Lifecycle Management for a series of Dassault Systèmes softwares.
Traditionally, our team has always used CATIA for aerobody design and Solidworks for mechanical design. The CATIA model of aerobody design must be subsequently imported into Solidworks to examine the components’ compatibility. For our new design cycle, both of our aerodynamics and mechanical teams will adopt CATIA V6. CATIA V6, a server-based program, can be used to create both mechanical and aerobody designs and allows designers to communicate design changes much more efficiently. Its multiple workbenches also allow for a much greater range of design features.
The training provided by Aventec has been meticulously tailored to our needs. We were introduced to most of the functions frequently used to create mechanical shapes, beginning with Sketcher, Padding, Pocketing and the list goes on. Generative Shape Design (GSD) granted us the ability to construct surfaces with which each of us produced objects bearing elaborate and abstract curves. Assembly allowed the integration of the mock-components we created. We also acquired much amusement with CATIA’s own live chat feature and Human Builder workbench.