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PRINT A CAR PART IN 5 DAYS

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What: A 3D-printed plastic model of an air intake, the part of a car that allows and directs air to the engine. Students use this model to test the dimensions for the car's final aluminum intake. The team is hoping their car will take the top slot at the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series​, to be held June 19 to 23, 2019, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Who: A dozen Cal State LA students led by faculty advisors and assistant professors of mechanical engineering Arman Pazouki, Ph.D., and John Christopher Bachman, Ph.D., with assistance from Javier Vasquez at Foundry Works Inc.

Material: ABS plastic, which is durable and can withstand higher temperatures

Time to print: Five days

Lesson: “The experien​ce has helped me think outside the box," says Fernando Covarrubias, a senior mechanical engineering student. “Using 3D printing for this project saved ​us a good four or five months of work. Without it, we would've had to chisel the intake model into wood by hand."

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HOMES FOR THE MAKERS
Check out these other creative spaces around the CSU.
 

CSU LONG BEACH INNOVATION LAB

This interdisciplinary design facility provides students and faculty access to 3D printers, laser cutters, digital scanners and specialized software.

Visit the I-Space
 

SONOMA STATE MAKERSPACE

SSU students, faculty and staff can explore digital fabrication, prototyping and a wide range of technologies.

Check out Makerspace
 

CSU BAKERSFIELD FAB LAB

Open to students and the public, this fabrication lab houses machines such as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and more.

Go to the Fab Lab
 

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