Jan Olinger, Sales Manager of Ferry Industries’ Quintax CNC Routers and Machining Centers, was approached by Michael Arbogast, University of Akron (Ohio) engineering student and project lead for the Aerodynamics Team on the 2017 University of Akron, Formula SAE (Formula Society of Automotive Engineers) ZR17 Racing car.
“Michael contacted me to see if Ferry would afford the team use of one of our Quintax 5-Axis Routers to shape the side pod and under-body tray molds to make the carbon fiber parts which the team had designed for the car“ said Olinger. “We scheduled a time and three engineering students (Ryan Gerrow, Matt Evans and Jeff DiSante) were given a quick tutorial by Fran Routh, Ferry’s VP - Engineering, on the Quintax G5 Gantry machine that we had in stock.”
Olinger continued, “The team was well prepared and had the composite mold forms and CAM programs ready to load into the Quintax machine. The guys made good use on the G5 machine and left it and the shop area spotless.”
The ZR17 car was unveiled April 25th at the University of Akron’s Student Center Ballroom to a gathering of students, family and sponsors.
The team is registered to participate at the Formula SAE judging, held at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan, beginning May 10, 2017 and the official Formula Student Germany (FSG) competition that will be held at the renown Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany from July 30-August 4, 2017. To follow the competition visit http://zipsracing.com/.