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Newbie Corner June

As a first year engineering student, coming to university for the first time can be rather daunting. However joining the University of Auckland Formula SAE team has make the transition from college to university that much smoother with experienced senior team members to ask for advice, and other “newbies” to meet and help settle our nerves. It all started with a passion for engineering, meeting new people and cars which urged me to join the team. It just made sense.

I am thrilled to be able to go to Melbourne at the end of the year, representing the University of Auckland, and seeing what our car can achieve!

This then gets cooked in special high temperature and pressure as to set the resin and make the carbon fibre strong. The final part of making our monocoque chassis is to join the 2 halves of the moulded carbon. This has been an eye-opening experience for me learning new techniques, and an insight into what the engineering industry (and my future) holds. A highlight for me so far would have to be our Formula E team bonding session. This involved the whole team going to an indoor electric go-kart track and having a friendly completion. It turned out to be quite competitive as the top few lap times have the chance to become drivers for the December competition in Melbourne. I am thrilled to be able to go to Melbourne at the end of the year, representing the University of Auckland, and seeing what our car can achieve! Having completed the interesting newbie project by creating adjustable paddle brakes as the braking system for a cart going down a ramp, I joined the chassis sub group. We have been building the carbon fibre monocoque for the 2015 car. This has involved having MDF plugs being CNC-milled then sanded down over many hours of hard work. We then created fibre glass moulds using a resin infusion tech¬nique. We are currently laying up many layers of prepreg carbon fibre (already implanted with resin) into the fibreglass moulds with core in the middle.