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.
Rivian is an innovative electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Irvine, California. Their flagship products, the R1T truck and R1S SUV, combine off-road capabilities with sustainable design, creating a unique driving experience. Rivian is committed to achieving zero carbon output throughout their entire product line, from materials sourcing to manufacturing processes. The company supports both our Formula and Baja teams through generous financial donations that enable us to purchase necessary materials for our cars. Additionally, Rivian provides engineering aid to students on both teams, helping to improve the design and performance of our vehicles.
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 United States Department of Defense. GA Electromagnetic Systems Division (EMS) creates aircraft launch and recovery systems in addition to the rail gun and high power lasers. 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.
Lucid is a luxury electric vehicle manufacturer that specializes in high-performance and sustainable vehicles such as the Air and upcoming Gravity. Their cutting-edge technology and sleek design have earned them numerous accolades amongst critics and consumers alike. Their commitment to sustainability extends beyond their products, as they aim to achieve carbon neutrality in their operations by 2025. In addition to producing innovative vehicles, Lucid provides invaluable engineering aid such as scanning our engine to the Formula team which helps prepare us for competitions.
Toray is a leader in textile and chemical process technology to create fabrics and materials for all applications, namely personal protection, structures, sports, and defense. Toray has provided Cal Poly Racing with composite materials including prepreg carbon fiber. These materials can be utilized to make strong, lightweight components. Thanks to Toray, team members get the opportunity to work with composite design, analysis and manufacturing.
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 vehicle operating using a AWD system, 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.
Tesla, an automotive manufacturer headquartered in Austin, has been at the forefront of the electric vehicle industry. In addition to producing electric vehicles such as the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y, Tesla is also involved in the production of energy storage systems, solar products, and renewable energy generation. Tesla's energy products include the Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for residential use, and the Megapack, a utility-scale energy storage product. The company's solar products range from traditional solar panels to solar roofs made of textured glass tiles. Tesla is dedicated to reducing the world's dependence on fossil fuels and fighting climate change. For the 2022-2023 season, Tesla has generously supported the Formula team by donating their new high-density lithium-ion batteries to power our electric vehicle and manufacturing wheel hubs for both our combustion and electric vehicles. This has greatly reduced the labor burden on our busy team, enabling us to drastically improve the quality of our vehicles.
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.
Henkel is a global consumer goods and chemical company based in Düsseldorf, Germany. With a focus on industrial adhesives, cleaners, and coatings, Henkel provides high-quality products across various industries. As a longtime supporter of Cal Poly Racing, Henkel has generously provided us with Loctite and other chemical products for the construction of our Formula and Baja vehicles. Their contributions have significantly improved the efficiency of our manufacturing processes, making the creation of our vehicles possible. Henkel's commitment to innovation and sustainability is evident in their wide range of products and initiatives, including their involvement in social responsibility programs that promote education and job training for underprivileged communities.
As a global leader in composite materials, Hexcel provides high-quality products to various industries, including industrial, aerospace, military, and defense. Their expertise lies in the production of carbon fiber, fabrics, resins, and other materials. This year, they have generously supported the Formula team by supplying us with cores for the production of our combustion and electric chassis. This aid has helped our team manufacture our vehicles and given our students valuable experience into what it takes to produce a carbon fiber chassis.