Jacobs Hall’s makerspace and labs provide student clubs and competition teams with space and equipment to bring their ideas to life. Berkeley Formula Racing, a student team that designs and fabricates a racecar, used the Stratasys Dimension 3D printers in Jacobs Hall’s advanced prototyping lab to print molds for carbon fiber components of their 2016 racecar. According to team member Justin Wang, access to this resource helped them boost their productivity. “In the past,” he says, “the team would have to wait weeks for molds to be CNC milled by an outside machine shop. Having access to the printers in Jacobs allowed team members to create innovative and complex 3D molds in a matter of hours.”
Ultimately, this paid off: the team placed first in fuel efficiency, eighth in design, and 11th overall at the 2016 Nebraska Formula SAE competition, with 80 national and international teams participating.