The University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Design Engineering Expo (DEX) in Mississauga, Ontario this October. The team had the chance to showcase their E85 Series plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the Design Pavilion alongside a number of student projects from other Canadian engineering universities. The DEX event brought together engineering professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds to discuss the future of design. Some particularly interesting innovations on display at the show were 3D metal printing, advanced infrared thermal imaging cameras, and the design of a pedal powered helicopter.
UWAFT team members enjoyed discussing their work and the EcoCAR 2 competition in general with some of the show’s thousands of attendees. They also had the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and other student team members who were interested in the design and construction of their vehicle. Many onlookers were curious about how hybrids and electric vehicles can help consumers reduce their carbon footprint and save money.
Through interactions at the expo, UWAFT was able to connect with Altair Engineering for design support with their Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software. UWAFT is excited for the opportunity to work with Altair by utilizing their software suite in the design of their vehicle, and hope to learn more through interactive tutorials with the company.