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Spray painter, here we come!

23 Feb

See you in five days.

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Off to the spray painter

22 Feb

So fabrication of the chassis is finally complete. Finally. And it’s off to the spray painter tomorrow.
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Choosing colours

18 Feb

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been choosing colours for the taxi: the chassis, the mudguards, the carpet and the seats.

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Getting ready for Womadelaide

14 Feb

We’re working hard to get the prototype ready to display at Womadelaide (http://www.womadelaide.com.au/). Lots of work to do, and it’s good to have a deadline to work to.

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Mock ups and templates

7 Feb

Despite designing the vehicle using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, we still make mockups of some components to check that they ‘look right’ in the real world before we make the final versions, and we make templates to guide some material cutouts.
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Front and rear suspension

31 Dec

Whilst completing the chassis, we’ve also been busy working on the detailed design of the front and rear suspension.
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Pre-painting preparations

31 Dec

With chassis fabrication complete, we spent a couple of hours yesterday sanding off any high spots and filling any low spots to make the body smooth and tactile, ready for painting. We’re also experimenting with sections of automotive carpet for the vehicle floor areas.
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Stippling

17 Sep

Applying Kevlar and fibreglass involves a lot of “stippling” with paint brushes: forcing epoxy resin through the woven material and then through peel ply.

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Beautiful possibility

15 Aug

To a casual observer, this may appear like an unruly pile of parts.

It’s the prototype-in-progress African Solar Taxi, awaiting transport from the workshop to UniSA’s Open Day at City West this Sunday.

To those of us who are toiling away to make it, who know what it is going to look like and what it will be capable of, it is becoming an object of beautiful possibility.

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On display at Science Alive

11 Aug

Over the weekend, we displayed information about the project alongside Trev at Science Alive and discussed it with lots of visitors to the UniSA stand. There was a lot of interest.

Next Sunday we aim to display the chassis at UniSA’s Open Day. Lots of hard work ahead this week getting it ready.

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