Wipro3D Partners with IIT-B to 3D Print Parts for Electric Race Car

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Wipro3D, the additive manufacturing arm of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Bombay racing team to 3D print parts for Formula Student electric race.

The Formula Student electric race is Europe’s four-day educational motorsport competition, which will be hosted at Silverstone Circuit in Britain from July 11-15 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. As many as 110 European universities and 8,000 students and 2,000 professors from the world over will participate in the event.

The Students Racing Team of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) are gearing up to participate in the Formula Student 2018 competition.

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Offering details about the MoU, Ajay Parikh, Vice President of Wipro3D said, “Critical components of the race car will be fabricated and printed in our 3D unit.”

Students at IIT-B have built a one-seater race car known as “EVoX”, which was officially unveiled on May 26, 2018 by Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT Bombay. The unveiling was followed by roll-out of the car on a pre-defined road in the campus.

Congratulating the student team in their endeavor, Prof. Khakhar said, “IIT Bombay racing experience provides an excellent platform for students to implement the concepts learnt in classroom. It gives valuable hands-on experience which helps them to become better engineers and succeed in their chosen careers”.

The single seater electric race car named ‘EVoX’ is the sixth generation electric race car, powered with a pair of 40KQ motors, featuring self-developed Battery Management System, Titanium Uprithts, Aerodynamic Wings and Powertrain. The design helps to 0 – 100 kmph in just 2.88 seconds, informed the student members in an official release by IIT Bombay.

Above: The EVox Race Care/Image Credit: IIT-B

The IIT racing team has built the additively manufactured Titanium alloy automotive component in collaboration with Wipro 3D.

“We have achieved 40 per cent weight reduction in the wheel component of our new electric race car EVoX by using Titanium and improved its ergonomics,” said IIT Bombay Racing mechanical officer Kanishka Panda on the occasion.

Being one of the largest motorsports competition in the world, the Formula Students competition challenges students to design, build and race a one-man, open-wheeled race car assuming that they have been engaged by a manufacturing firm to produce a prototype car for evaluation as a potential production item.

Source: The Economic Times

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