• Ash Veneer: Laminations
    Black Walnut: Wheels, Inlay, and Connection Blocks
    5/16" Dowel
    Steel Washers
  • We were tasked with using the bent lamination process to create a toy car. The car had to have both visual appeal and be able to successfully navigate to the bottom of a ramp. 
  • The car uses five laminted pieces with three different curves. The lenticular top is a single laminate cut in half and then reattached at an angle to itself. The structural connections and axle carriers are walnut blocks cut to match the curves of the laminations and then glued into place. The wheels are lathe turned walnut, friction fit onto a 5/16" dowel which functions as the axle. For final assembly the three main pieces of the vehicle are held together by a tension fit dowel that also provides a pivot point for the front wheels.
  • In terms of engineering I considered the variation and warping possible in the laminations. As such I implemented systems that would compensate for imperfections. The three wheeled footprint and thin wheels reduce surface friction which in turn reduces the impact of their orientation on the path of the car. The front wheels are mounted on a pivoting bar so that their angle can be changed to straighten out the tracking. The front wheels also have negative camber and toe-in which increases the cars lateral stability and helps compensate for misalignment.
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