Physical Digital’s 3D Scanning supports Third Best British Formula Student Team

Physical Digital was delighted to learn that one of the university Formula Student teams it supported this year with high-resolution 3D scanning has finished third best British team in the 2016 event.

Formula Student is a yearly motorsport competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers between universities across the globe who are challenged to design and create a single-seat racing car and present it to a manufacturing firm. The aim of the competition is to inspire and develop young engineers and it enables them to demonstrate technical, engineering design, and manufacturing skills.

Physical Digital is the UK’s longest-established and largest 3D scanning service provider of the internationally-respected GOM 3D optical measurement systems. The broad range of services we provide relating to 3D measurement, quality inspection and reverse engineering are valued by clients across a spectrum of industry sectors including automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, tool making, art, marine, medical and power generation. We were happy to share some of our automotive engineering expertise with different university teams this year, enabling them to analyse and improve their designs ahead of the Formula Student event.

Formula Student 2016 Finals

The Formula Student competition, now in its 19th year, took place between Thursday 14th July and Sunday 17th July with over 130 teams participating from more than 30 countries.

This year’s event took place at Silverstone, with a variety of different categories being judged:

  • Overall Results
  • Cost, Manufacturing and Sustainability Judging
  • Design Judging
  • Business Presentations Judging
  • Skid Pad Testing
  • Acceleration Testing
  • Endurance and Efficiency Testing
  • Sprint Testing

The overall winner of Formula Student 2016 was the University of Stuttgart, Germany, with impressive performances in the endurance challenge and the overall dynamic events. Joscha Haupt, team leader of the University of Stuttgart’s combustion engine team, commented: “We have worked really hard and are delighted to have come first. It’s very tough to compete against all the strong electric teams but we enjoy the challenge of competing with a combustion engine.”

3D Scanning helps improve design of racing cars

Physical Digital has supported a number of the Formula Student teams from British universities over the years. This year in particular we have worked with the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick on their racing cars, providing high resolution 3D scanning in order to improve their designs and providing analysis and testing of weight bearing. Find out more about our torsion testing analysis here.

Therefore, we were very pleased to hear how well the team at Liverpool performed at Silverstone:

@ULMRacing Car number 24 finished:liverpool

#8 in business team
#15 in cost team
#17 in endurance
#23 in design event
#24 in fuel efficiency of 33 teams
#38 in spirit event of 69 teams

The final figures showed that ULM were awarded the 3rd best British team and came 15th overall!

Physical Digital extends its congratulations to all the teams that took part from across the world. All the students will have learned a great deal and benefitted from this experience. Students gain important skills which prospective employers will be looking for, such as team working, time management, and budgeting by giving them practical experience in developing their innovative racing car. Both universities and employers value the event which usually forms part of a degree-level project. The racing car developed by the students must be cost-efficient, easily maintained, and reliable – which is the perfect preparation for any prospective engineer wanting to begin a career in car design.

For further details about how Physical Digital can assist in engineering design, 3D analysis and testing, contact us or call 01483 750200.

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