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Title: MAKER: 3D Printing as an Alternative to Fabricate the Motorsports Parts
Today, saying Additive Manufacturing (AM) is changing our world is an understatement. Current applications include additively manufactured shoes, jewelry, prosthetics, and food products. In this study, a steering rack extension for Tennessee Tech’s Formula SAE (FSAE) car was replaced with various 3D printed alternatives. Numerous beta testing studies were performed to measure its sustainability. Utilization of a Steering Rack Extension is made to adapt a quick ratio steering rack to interface with the steering system designed for the TTU Motorsports FSAE car. The current study reports the design, analysis, and manufacturing studies performed to replace the steering rack extension with a 3D printed component. Various tests and 3D printing operations have been performed to show the improvements made to replace the currently used piece. This presentation will report the design, printing and testing studies performed for the newer steering rack extension. Student feedback received from the FSAE team and engineering students will be also presented.  more » « less
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2017 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
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National Science Foundation
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