Student Highlights

3D Printed Toy Solar Car Competition

December 29, 2021

In this project, student teams in MEEN495-Additive manufacturing were required to design, fabricate and test an all-wheel drive toy solar-powered car using additive manufacturing technology. The car was judged on its performance and aesthetics. The teams were encouraged to minimize the number of parts and decrease the weight while maintaining ease of assembly. The only constraints were that the distance between axles should not exceed 60mm, and that all teams had to use the provided hardware which includes two axles, two motors, two solar panels, and four wheels. The winning team managed to design and fabricate a toy car made of a single component which weighed less than 11g.