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Allplastics helps UNSW racing team by routing honeycomb panels

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article image UNSW Redback Racing Team with their formula racing car featuring a monocoque chassis designed using composite panels routed by Allplastics
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UNSW Redback Racing relies on Allplastics Engineering for the CNC routing of panels used in the design of their formula racing car.

Redback Racing is the University of New South Wales Formula SAE Team consisting of around 40 undergraduate students from a range of degrees. Each year, the team designs and manufactures an open-wheel formula racing car for entry into the Formula SAE-Australasia Competition. The project allows students to apply their curricular teachings within the university in a fast-paced, practical and exciting environment.

The monocoque chassis design is constructed using an aluminium-honeycomb composite panel; UNSW Redback Racing is one of a handful of teams worldwide to manufacture a vehicle using these techniques. The monocoque chassis is constructed by routing the required designs out of full panels before folding and bonding them into the required shape. As a result, the team is able to achieve a stiffer, lighter and easier to manufacture chassis through an economical process.

UNSW Redback Racing has been relying on Allplastics Engineering to route their panels for some years. Allplastics’ CNC routing machines have been found ideal for this application with their ability to produce a high quality product for the team, says Redback Racing Team member, Nidhiroy Singh.

Allplastics Engineering specialises in the machining, CNC routing and fabrication of architectural, building and engineering plastics. The company also stocks a range of composite panels such as PEP Core and AIRBOARD translucent decorative panels as well as aluminium composite panels.

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