It’s official! The 2023 F1 in Schools World Finals have been announced, and the location has been confirmed to be Singapore! We can’t wait for the competition, and we’ve already done lots of preparation. In this blog we’ll provide you with an insight into our progress so far on Innovation’s 2023 World Finals car.

Kasey, our design engineer, has familiarised himself with the World Finals technical regulations and has made progress on multiple new car designs. These prototypes feature some innovative ideas that the team have brainstormed. This includes a new rear wing, as the WF regulations mean that we cannot use the design we had on our Nationals 2022 car. We have done virtual wind tunnel testing on these new designs using Ansys Discovery Live, our CFD software of choice, provided to us by our sponsor Leap. Since we started up working again, we’ve already tested over 30 unique car files. Although we cannot share these new designs publicly yet, we can share that our latest car concept has achieved an average drag force of 0.115N in simulations. Overall, we’ve made a good start in our design process, but we’ve got much bigger goals ahead for our car’s development. We can’t wait to share the innovative design decisions we’ve made on the car with you all in the future.

Our 2022 Nationals car in Ansys Discovery Live.

With some new designs ready, we have also begun manufacturing some testing cars. For the international final, there are many regulation changes which we are learning and adapting to. One of these changes involves using polyurethane foam as the material for the car body rather than the balsa wood we used for Australian National competitions. We recently ordered some foam blocks and Alessio, our manufacturing engineer, has tested milling with them to learn how they differ from the balsa blocks. From our test cuts, we have found that the foam blocks can create a much more consistent recreation of our car, and the cuts have a much better finish than the balsa. This is especially useful for the new complex shapes we’re experimenting with right now on our car designs.

Another advantage of this new milling material is that the foam has a uniform density, meaning each block has a constant mass of 114 grams. This is a great improvement over the mass variety of the balsa blocks as it means we know every block we purchase is quality and useful.

Our CNC machine, a Roland MDX-50, about to begin milling a foam block.

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Over the past few weeks the team manager, Zoe, has been striving to improve Innovations portfolio content. Focusing specifically on the risk management and linking skills with careers sections, as they did not score highly in 2019. She has researched risk matrices, and generated one for the professional class competition, with covid-19 impacts considered. Zoe has also used various websites to formulate a risk management strategy to ensure the team remains on track throughout the competition preparation. The strategy goes as followed; Identify, Analyse, Evaluate, Treat, Monitor. When any risk is made known Innovation responds with this strategy to reduce implications. The risk management strategy and matrix will be included in team Innovations enterprise portfolio.

In the 2019 development class competition Innovation only scored 5/20 on the linking skills with careers, meaning it is an area for great improvement. Zoe is yet to finalise the portfolio section, although extensive progress has been achieved.

Overall, team Innovation is working effectively to extend our STEM knowledge and better our final submission.

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This is our first blog post! Here we will be posting what we complete during the week. Make sure to keep up to date with this page if you want all the important updates on team Innovation.

Manufacturing Begins!

This week we have made good progress on the car manufacturing. We have completed important test prints to prepare us for the first prototype construction, with many more to come. If we can test as many different designs as possible before the competition, then our final car will be as carefully engineered and streamlined as it can be, just like the professionals do with real Formula 1 vehicles.
St Francis Xavier Colleges brand new Dremel 3D40 printer worked great and we’re very excited to begin manufacturing even more parts!

New Website!

Innovation now has a brand-new website and you’re on it right now! It’s being hosted by Qirx, and on behalf of everyone behind innovation we would like to say a big thanks! Having our own domain name allows us to do more with our website. Our Marketing Manager has learnt how to use word press which is an industry standard website builder. Learning to collaborate and use industry standard technologies is exactly what F1 in Schools is about.

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