I met the team this past July. It was quite impressive to see their garage. I worked a number of jobs in college but none of them included managing a million dollar budget on a race car. These students seemed less like “college kids” and more like young entrepreneurs pursuing a dream.
…the change was largely the result of the university’s shift to teaching NX within the classroom, but he noted that his team’s mechanical lead suggested NX from the start because of its power, ease of creating sophisticated assemblies and overall suitability to the race’s demands.
“Because of the new design change, we placed a large emphasis on our aerobody design. Siemens NX software allowed us to continue making changes to our aerobody while designing mechanical parts for the car. Because both our mechanical division and our aero division were using NX, we were able to design each system simultaneously and easily transfer designs between each group.”
“Siemens’ PLM software helped us with the rapid decision making needed in solar car development and should help maximize our chance to cross the finish line first in Australia. We are proud to leverage the same product development technology used by so many leading automotive companies.”
To track the team over the two week race, stay tuned to U-M Solar Car’s live feed: