Back in December 2021, I posted an article about an awesome sim built by members of the Full Sail University in Florida.
Pat Starace is a designer and developer who teaches Digital Fabrication and Final Project in the Simulation and Visualization industry, and his students have been working on a fantastic full-size 1:1 3D printed simulator project, inspired by Max Verstappen’s #33 RedBull RB16 Formula One car.
Back then the team had already three months of work and over 2,000 print hours, the project is starting to take shape. Now the team is working on the body and the cockpit.
The chassis is modeled from scratch and is being printed in ABS on two medium-size 3D Stratasys printers. One Stratasys F370 with a build volume of 14x10x14″ and a Stratasys Dimension with a print volume of 10x10x10″.
There are over 300 parts so far and each has to be segmented to fill the build volume of each printer while taking into consideration print orientation for part durability. Pat points out it is a very labor-intensive task segmenting up the parts to fill the volume of the two printers.
The full-size model will eventually be mounted to a 3,500lb capacity professional Moog Motion Base system.
Full Sail University is a private for-profit university in Winter Park, Florida. It was formerly a recording studio in Ohio named Full Sail Productions and Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts. The school moved to Florida in 1980 and began offering online degrees in 2007. Full Sail is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in audio, design, computer animation, and business.
Official Webpage – www.fullsail.edu