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16.810 Manufacturing Report Team V1 The following parts are required for the ingress/egress system: Canopy Rails Handles Existing Shell Locking Mechanism Canopy After initial experiments to try and heat form plastic with heat guns, using the same mould used to create the shell, we decided that it would be impossible to make the transparent canopy ourselves. Instead, the canopy fabrication was outsourced to a manufacturer in Florida, who normally made aircraft canopies and had created a canopy for Pulse, another VDS vehicle. Based on a three-view drawing we provided to him, he was able to send us a canopy on a turnaround of only 5 days, which was necessary to meet our tight deadline. Rails The rails were designed to be cut on a waterjet, as the complicated curving shape was too difficult to cut by hand and too large for the mill. In order to maximize stiffness against side loading, we originally chose to make the rails out of an aluminium- plywood ‘sandwich’ material.
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