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Old 09-21-2003, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hey guys i just had a crazy idea

I thought to my self "wouldnt it be cool to get a bunch of racers off this fourm and design a prototype car"

I have the program to design the car parts and to look at them in 3D, and when the parts are all done we can assemble them together to see what the car looks like as a whole.

So right now we need some ideas qualities you would like the car to have.

If your intrested in joining the team just leave your name and your kazaa user name...

This is just for fun to see what the car would look like... if its a huge success i can get some one to make the car.

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Old 09-21-2003, 05:52 PM   #2
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It sure does sound like a very fun idea, however the entire plan would be tore apart just getting everyone to agree on a drivetrain type (shaft, off-set shaft, 1 belt, 2 belt, 3 belt,). Then there's suspension type (c-hub, pivot ball), and not to mention materials (C/F, fibreglass, aluminum, titanium, graphite, delrin,plastic)..... BUT everything hinges around the drivetrain and like I said previously that will be next to impossible to come to an argreement on!!!
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Old 09-21-2003, 06:03 PM   #3
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cool

do you design it in 3dmax or something then it has a special printer to carve it out for you?

isnt that thing pricey


i teach adobe photoshop and have a little bit of experience with 3dmax maybe i can help

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Old 09-21-2003, 06:47 PM   #4
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3D Max is completely useless as a design program, it is more for animation and photorealistic rendering.

You'd need to first design and dimension things in a CAD program, using orthographic views and denoting materials. From there, you want to export to a CAM-type software which controls a milling machine that will let you make the individual parts. You'd need different machines to do some of the different parts.

Hardware such as bearings, screws, belts, and so on would all need to be ordered as well.

I don't want to say "bad idea" since I love to work with the design process, but it is a *lot* of work and requires access to a lot of equipment and software.

Most of the design work I've done in the past has all been in AutoCAD.
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Old 09-21-2003, 06:58 PM   #5
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I'm actually in the process of designing a car myself, though it's still on the paper stage... I'm going through my likes and dislike of various models and coming upwith what I'd want... See, though... I have a cnc mill coming to be hopefully by next summer, so I've got some planning time before I can build it...
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Who's gonna pay for it?
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I'll just leave it to the companies that have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on every mill possible, and an expert design crew...
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I'll just leave it to the companies that have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on every mill possible, and an expert design crew...
yeah i kinda think so too

its a waste of time. it would be fun i guess. but the time it takes its not worth it
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Old 09-21-2003, 07:16 PM   #9
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The programs i have are Mastercam 9.1 thats for mills and lathe work, and i have Autodesk 5.3.. perfect for designing car parts

Also i able to get my hands on a CNC MILL and LATHE, all bought this year..

Right now i want to see who wants to join in designing the car.
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How is it not worth it? Wouldnt it be cool to say hey this is the only car that no one else has, you can fine tune make your on hop-ups for you car, and in the end have it win a race and feel such great success knowing you built that from scratch..

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So first you see who's interested in joining... them hit them with costs.. and see who drops out? How about being up front first... then seeing who's interested?
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First off i want to state that right now as we speak were just designing the car. So at this point in time i am asking no one to pay for anything all i need is some help in designing a sedan and it would be nice for others to join me and to give me there views on what they think the sedan should look and handle.


When it comes to plastic parts i am going to use other manufactures parts ie suspension arms, shocks , diffs,thats all.

So what were building is the basis of the chassis and drive train gives us some ideas!

Shaft or belt, side saddle or 6 cells in a row..

I think it would be cool to take your ideas asnd put them to the test ..
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Anyway who is intrested? It cost nothing to join. lol
Just need your minds and time!

Its just that easy... draw something on paper and take a pic of it, mail it, scane it, or even write it on the fourm.
I will take all the info and draw it up
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I will help you.

this is the Problem, I am in college prep high school at the moment. I used to work at Revelation Raceway in California during this past summer, but with all of the sports that I am involved in, and the amount of homework that I have, it is very difficult to work during the school year. I have already taken a full year of Ap Physics and recieved an A. I saw a variety of cars that were raced at the Nationals. I myself am a Nitro person, but I would love to help you design your sedan. Also, You might not be happy with it, but I don't trust belt driven cars. You can tell me how great a belt drive car is till your face turns blue, but I can't change from shaft. I will switch when Nascar or Indy Cart comes out with a belt drive car. The qualities that I like about Shaft drive sedans (Single shaft, not double like HPI), is their ability to roll smoothly with a single push. You can get this smooth effect with a belt drive sedan that has good bearings, but it won't be as smooth as a shaft. You can feel it as you push it. I race the NTC3. Alot of people say it is a fragile car, (give it up already.) If you take care of your car, it won't break!!

If you would like me to help you, I would love to.

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I would like 2 help ...sounds like fun, i would also like to make a shaft driven sedan.

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