Cal Poly’s Mechanical Engineering Student Fee Allocation Committee, or MESFAC, provides the opportunity for mechanical engineering students and clubs to apply for funding for projects. MESFAC exists to further the learning of all mechanical engineering students with this funding, and to embody Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” motto. Cal Poly Racing has been able to utilize some of these funds for building new cars every year, maintaining old cars for testing purposes, and acquiring more testing sensors and equipment. MESFAC has helped Cal Poly Racing grow in numbers by giving more members opportunities to participate in our yearly endeavors.
Micro-Vu is a metrology company based out of Windsor, CA. Their products include CMMs, optical comparators, and vision inspection equipment. Their support for Cal Poly Racing includes monetary donations, donations of cutting tools from their state-of-the-art machine shop, and machining services. Micro-Vu also sponsors Cal Poly’s Mechanical Engineering machine shops, allowing Cal Poly Racing access to one of Micro-Vu’s CMMs for part inspection and reverse engineering of purchased components. Micro-Vu’s support of our team has been critical in allowing us to attend our competitions and manufacture quality parts.
TenCate is a leader in textile and chemical process technology to create fabrics and materials for all applications, namely personal protection, structures, sports, and defense. TenCate has provided Cal Poly Racing with composite materials including prepreg carbon fiber. These materials can be utilized to make strong, lightweight components. Thanks to TenCate, team members get the opportunity to work with composite design, analysis and manufacturing.
General Atomics and affiliated companies develop defense technology and conduct research. GA Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) creates unmanned aircraft with surveillance systems used often by the Department of Defense. GA Electromagnetic Systems Division (EMS) creates aircraft launch and recovery systems in addition to the rail gun and high power laser. General Atomics generously provides Cal Poly Racing with monetary donations and materials for building our vehicles each year. Many of our members are recruited for internships each summer and gain valuable experience through these experiences.
Monster Tool Company is a cutting tool manufacturer based in Southern California who manufactures high quality carbide tools for a variety of industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, and mold making. Monster produces an incredible variety of cutting tools, and has donated numerous end mills, drills, chamfer mills, and reamers to Cal Poly Racing.The tools donated by Monster have allowed us to machine parts that we would not otherwise have the means to make, and have drastically increased the quality of both our CNC and manually machined parts. In addition, the availability of these cutting tools to the us has allowed many members to gain an in depth knowledge of machining that is beneficial not only to the team but also in industry for years down the road.
Altium is a developer of industry-grade EDA software. Cal Poly Racing uses their latest release, Altium Designer 20, to streamline the process for each and every new PCB designed. Everything from component management to schematic capture to layout is done using their single unified tool. Altium’s support has enabled the electrical team to modernize our board design process, reducing time from concept to proof of concept and allowing us to build better hardware.
Chomarat is an industrial group focusing on the development of composite and construction reinforcements, chemical coatings, and textiles; with centers in North America, China, France, and Tunisia. The global business has developed a wide range of high performance composite materials and offers valuable expertise in composites markets. Chomarat supplies Cal Poly Racing with various different weaves of carbon fiber fabrics, including their C-PLY™ weaves. These materials are integral for our team for building lightweight, high performing vehicles as well as gaining knowledge and experience with working with composites.
Advance Adapters provides specialty aftermarket accessories for the offroad, 4WD, and rock crawling community. They provide a wide variety of equipment like engine-transmission adapter plates, auxiliary gearboxes, and their famous Atlas-4 transfer case, the only aftermarket transfer case with three separate low gear range ratios in one unit that fits to nearly any off-road vehicle! All products are designed and manufactured in their 44,000sq.ft. facility in Paso Robles, California, and Advance Adapter’s proximity to Cal Poly, along with their large alumni employment, has created a strong bond the team now shares with the company. Advance Adapters provides not only knowledge and insight into the process of designing gears and gearboxes, but also generously donates materials and machine time on their CNCs, which specialize in creating gear and spline tooth profiles. Since the Cal Poly Baja team is now converting from RWD to 4WD, Advance Adapters has also been able to share their experience and foresight in designing and manufacturing for a more robust, versatile powertrain system capable of withstanding all the abuse that comes from an offroad environment. Most people go to a dentist to get their teeth done, but Cal Poly Racing goes to Advance Adapters.
Stratasys is a leading additive manufacturing company, supporting industry leaders with high quality 3D printing solutions. They pioneer unique materials tailored to different applications including concept modeling, rapid prototyping, and structures subject to harsh thermal environments. With their support, Cal Poly Racing has the opportunity to design complex geometry and get hands on experience with additive manufacturing. Stratasys supports the team with complex prints including mold inserts for chassis layups, intake plenum, and chassis mounting inserts.
Weber Metals is an aerospace forging company that started as a scrap metal business back in the 1940s. Now purchased and operated by Germany-based OTTO FUCHS Metallwerke, the company has expanded its open and closed-die forging capabilities. With the aid of their 60,000 ton press and forefront forging technology, Weber produces forged aluminum and titanium aerospace components like commercial jet crown frames, cockpit window frames, wing-to-fuselage fittings, and jet engine disks. Originally supplying to Douglas Aircraft and Boeing, the company now supplies to aerospace companies all around the globe. We utilize their stock metal to machine and build various components of our car; stock aluminum is used in our braking system, suspension, drivetrain, and e-structures, while stock titanium is used for a couple of components in the suspension.
Safran Group is an international leader in the aerospace and defense industry. With nearly 100,000 employees worldwide, they are the number one manufacturer of numerous commercial and military aircraft components, including cabin interiors. Safran Cabin’s Santa Maria tooling department has worked with us for many years to develop and manufacture the tooling we use to make complex composite parts. Most recently, they have worked closely with our Formula Chassis team. Safran Cabin graciously donated countless hours of 5-axis CNC time to machine the high-tolerance molds used to create our chassis tooling. We’d like to thank them not only for their machining time, but also for their willingness to share their expertise and further the whole team’s knowledge of composite manufacturing.
General Polymer Solutions is a group specializing in providing customers with application-oriented polyurethane, epoxy, and silicone resin systems. For over 10 years, they have designed tooling solutions for customers in aerospace, automotive, composite, foundry, marine, and rapid prototyping industries. We’d like to thank General Polymer Solutions for working with us to provide high density tooling foam so that we can produce complex composite structures on our vehicles. Their gracious donation has allowed students to produce high-tolerance molds for the carbon fiber monocoque and the aerodynamic elements on our student vehicle.