I have to admit that it is pretty cool to watch yourself on TV…
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--- Officially a Maker Space member - for the first time! ---
I have been making stuff all my life, starting with a "nuclear power plant" at the age of 4 according to my parents. (No worries, it was made from cans and cardboard, couldn't get hold of any uranium.) Being spoiled by always having access to my parents or my own shop, I have never felt the need to join a Maker Space.
However, since University of Auckland has a very nice Maker Space called "Unleash Space", I couldn't resist joining it. I took the official safety induction Friday. While the shop isn't really the type of shop that I usually hang in, having access to laser cutter, mini-CNC mill, poster printer, additional 3D printers, heavy duty sewing machine, and a bunch of other equipment can always come in handy.
Learning the rules for use of the space was quite interesting, and really reflected the Kiwi way of thinking. You are _not_ allowed to work on your school projects in the space, it is meant for personal projects, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The idea is the university should provide all resources needed for your course assignments. The Unleash Space is for projects that fall outside your regular coursework. This means that you can use it for making a Mother's Day gift or prototyping for a business idea, for example. That's pretty awesome.
The Unleash Space is only open to students and staff at the University of Auckland, but if you fall into one of those categories, you should definitely join!
http://unleashspace.ac.nz/ ... See more
--- It is all about teamwork! ---
Bill and I are blown away by the warm welcome in the southern hemisphere. It was indeed the fact that we have a whole bunch of wonderful friends here that made use choose New Zealand for our new adventure, but the generosity is unbelievable!
Pretty much every aspect of our life here happened thanks to friends. A friend of a friend forwarded my CV to the mechanical engineering department at University of Auckland, which resulted in a great work opportunity for me. Our friends Dee and Steve West offered us housing in their guest apartment which was a total life-safer in the crazy inflated Auckland property market.
Today, we were unloading tools and materials from our sea container into Athol William's "shed" in Pokeno, which is the size of an Olympic swimming pool. This is where we will do the heavy-duty cutting and welding to build the chassis and frame for Green Envy.
It takes a village to build a streamliner! It does indeed. And great sponsors, such as Parts Giant that set us up with the giant red tool chest that is our home away from home. Thank you all!
#KillaJoule #EvaHakansson #GreenEnvyLSR #FlatOutIntoTheFuture ... See more
—- Building stuff - in real life! —-
The beauty of land speed racing is that your success is so easily judged - did it go fast or didn’t it? That makes the KillaJoule such a great example of backyard engineering - you just can’t argue with 270 mph/434 kph.
I had the pleasure to be a guest lecturer in one of The University of Auckland’s 2nd year engineering courses this past week. My topic? How you built an ultra-fast electric vehicle on a shoestring budget, of course! The course was MECHENG 235, Design and Manufacture 1, so I thought it was a suitable topic. And yes, I am going to continue to claim that mechanical engineering is sexy, because it is! :-)
Although I know what I do is kind of cool, it never stops amazing me that people are so interested in what I am doing. After all, I am just an engineer running a fun project in my spare time....
Thanks Arcot for inviting me and for taking the photos!
Thank you all MECHENG 235 students for showing up to a guest lecture despite you are up to your necks in assignments and tests!
Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland ... See more
--- Featured in latest Swedish "Classic Bike" magazine ---
Swedish friends and fans - make sure to pick up the latest issue of Swedish "Classic Bike" magazine, in stores now.
It has a very well-written 8-page article about me, my racing heritage, and - of course - KillaJoule! Written by Henrik Nyberg, and photos by Kevin Smith at Top Dead Center Photo.
The magazine is also available in digital format: https://www.classicbike.se/digitala-classic-bike/ ... See more