After months of work, the Maker Auto is finally nearing completion. On September 1st we will be unveiling the auto in public at Atuodesk University 2016. As planned the auto is fully equipped with 4 folding work benches that double as tool storage units, a full set of woodworking, soldering and tinkering tools, a 3D printer and a few extra secret surprises. We aren’t on the road doing workshops yet, but we have already been featured in numerous news articles (see below). Stay tuned for more exciting updates.
If there is one lesson to learn from this project, it is that nothing happens in a vacuum. We are so excited to announce some really amazing new partnership for the Maker Auto team.
First, let me introduce you to YCenter. Aditya and Namita from the YCenter team joined us a few weeks ago and have been championing the curriculum and project development side. Ycenter is a Global Experiential Education enterprise. They create hands-on experiential learning programs. These educational programs promote a spirit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create measurable impact worldwide. YCenter believes that the traditional education systems are not enough, and they work to teach real world skills in and out of the classroom. Shout out to YCenter for being such great members of our team. Check them out on the web at y-center.org.
Secondly, we are thrilled to welcome Fresher Foundry to the team. Maker Auto’s champion maker, Mayur, introduced the rest of the team to Deepak from Fresher Foundry last week, and we new instantly that it would be a perfect fit. We can’t wait to get rolling with some really great workshops with Fresher Foundry starting next month. Fresher Foundry is a high engagement platform where engineers are guided to build bench (working) prototypes for real world engineering problems. Every workshop is geared around a multi-disciplinary, collaborative project. We collaborate with engineering companies to train their engineers on various technologies through training sessions and setting up labs on their premises to ensure continuous engagement and direct business impact. Check them out online at http://www.fresherfoundry.com/
We are nearing the final stages of the build process, and what that means is time for a fresh coat of paint. Look at that baby shine!
Remember that video from a few months ago of the auto going up? Well, here’s the opposite video.
Ever since the project’s inception, one dream has been to have gull-wing doors, and this was one dream we didn’t want to back down on. This auto won’t be quite like a Lamborghini, but the doors might remind you of one. Here’s the first sneak peak of the doors.
Most of the work on the auto has been arc welding, but there were a few parts that needed to be a little more sensitive. The new floor and some custom body work was done in no time flat by a professional auto body gas welder.
The engine was in pretty good shape when we got it, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore the mechanical bits of this vehicle. Shaym, Coby and Mayur all got in pretty deep on the brakes before calling in for a little expert help.
When you buy an old vehicle in a place where it rains a lot, you need to expect some rust, but somehow we didn’t expect quite this much. Luckily, the maker Auto team isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with an angle grinder. Now its time for a new floor.
The buildout of this project will be conducted at the Maker’s Asylum, which happens to be on the second floor, so we hired a crane to lift it up.
Before the reconstruction work on the Auto can begin some deconstruction is necessary. We tore off the whole back of the auto with an angle grinder and some spanners.