CONTENT: One (1) streamliner battery
Some assembly required.
Batteries are included.
Thank you so much A123Systems for continued support!
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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
--- 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!
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--- 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!
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