New year, new possibilities!
If you haven’t started to get your land speed car or motorcycle ready for the August-September racing season, you are running late!
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--- Today's Green Envy CAD (and drama!) ---
Moving along! Starting to look like a streamliner.
I really wanted to include myself in the CAD (Computer Aided Design), and I had planned to CAD myself. Thankfully I did a quick googling and saved myself two days of work - meet iMandy!
You can download iMandy (and her partner iMan) from http://www.apollocanard.com/7_downloads.htm. Perhaps the model is a bit cheesy, but my home-brewed version would have been no better. Dressed up with a racing suit and a helmet she is more than good enough for an early rendering.
--- CAD drama at mission control ---
The day started with a bit of drama. My dedicated CAD desktop computer (that I bought as a graduation gift for myself 2 years ago) has been acting up lately, and Bill's complaining reached my limit today. I had previously uninstalled all programs I could and cleaned up the harddrive, but nothing worked. Bill was blaming my cloud backup software, but I doubted that it would be the culprit, it is working fine on all our other computers (yes, we have half a dozen computers currently in use for different purposes, our combined living room and office looks like NASA's mission control).
After a heated argument about the misbehaving desktop, I figured the only solution was to re-install windows; a quite drastic move. But before that, I had to make a complete backup. To make a complete backup, I had to go out and buy an external harddrive of sufficient size. Somehow the suggestion came up to clone the harddrive rather than just back it up (I think I have to give Bill credit for that idea). At this point, I realized that it could be a harddrive malfunction, and if we successfully could create a clone, we could probably fix the computer without re-installing every single piece of software.
Said and done, picked up a new harddrive in the local computer store and went into action. To clone a harddrive you just need a special harddrive holder that looks like a toaster. You stuff in your new harddrive, start a piece of free software, and a few hours later you have a copy of your entire computer. You then do some simple surgery on your computer and replace the old harddrive with the new clone. If everything works as planned, your computer will wake up like nothing has happened.
Did it work? Yes, it did! The computer runs like new, and every file and program is still in place. We realized that a total harddrive meltdown might just have been days away, and it would have taken our streamliner design with it (well, not completely, that annoying cloud backup software had hopefully saved a copy of it, but it would be a big hassle to retrieve it and get the computer back up and running again...)
Fingers crossed that we really fixed it, and that my desktop will wake up happy again tomorrow. Although I was quite annoyed by Bill's complaining, perhaps his nagging actually saved us from a complete computer crash. I will give him some credit for that.
There is lots of drama involved in the design of a streamliner, that's for sure! :-)
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--- First glimpse of Green Envy ---
Keeping my trophy husband chained to the computer for three days did the trick: here is the first glimpse of the Green Envy frame. :-)
The "engine bay" will be about 3 ft (1 m) longer to hold the 1000+ HP drivetrain. It will also be about 2 inches (50 mm) taller to allow for more vertical head clearance, which has been shown by FIA to drastically improve safety. One of many little things we wanted to fix for a long time.
Update: Although Green Envy will be a sidecar motorcycle just like KillaJoule, I have chosen to follow stricter recommendations for safety than the FIM rules. I don't want to make racing a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I want to come back and do it again, even if I accdientally throw my toy on the ground at 400 mph...
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--- KillaJoule as “LEGO™” ---
This KillaJoule model compatible with the popular LEGO™ toy system was designed by Urim Chae, one of my first year engineering students at the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland. The 562 students in my first year course “Principles of Engineering Design” (ENGGEN 115) were assigned to design an accessory compatible with LEGO™ in the CAD software Autodesk Inventor™. Urim came up with this design without my knowledge, and I was ecstatic when I found it among the submitted assignments.
Urim’s design was selected by his tutor (Graduate Teaching Assistant) as the top design in his group, and was thus selected to be one of the 23 designs that I 3D printed this semester. I also created myself and the crew, including my husband Bill, as mini figurines to go with the 3D printed design. Urim get to keep the 3D printed model and the laser engraved platform, but I printed a copy for myself as well. 😉
If you look closely at the assembly drawing, you can see that the little toy figurine has my face, which Urim cut out of the coursebook. As a teacher, this must be the ultimate compliment! :-D
Pretty amazing work by someone that was introduced to CAD modeling only 6 weeks ago!
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--- Expect the unexpected ---
One of the guiding principles in Bill's and my relationship is "Expect the unexpected". As soon as things become routine, the fire starts to fade. We try to avoid giving each other gifts when it is expected, like birthdays or anniversaries. A gift should be a surprise, not an expectation.
My mom has apparently adopted the same philosophy: She sent _me_ flowers on Mother's Day. The reason? Because I wouldn't expect it!
In exchange, I included my most beloved toy in the thank-you-photo: a hand-puppet named "Pandelina" that I received over 30 years ago. I knew she wouldn't expect that. Pandelina always traveled with me as a kid, and now she is traveling with me around the world. I am quite sure that makes my mom delighted.
Silly? Perhaps. Lovely? Absolutely! Does it have anything to do with racing? No, but life is more than racing, it is also about taking care of each other and enjoying life even when the distances are long. However, that's enough of sweetness, now back to racing. Need to get that frame design for Green Envy finalized! :-D ... See more