At QUT Motorsport, we greatly value our partners and their contributions to our teams' growth and our members personal learning. We feel very privileged to be able to work with these amazing brands and we hope to continue our relationships with them and create many more as our team moves forward.
Since the team's formation in 2003, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has provided crucial support for QUT Motorsport to continue developing competition cars for the FSAE competitions. QUT's contributions have been invaluable to the growth of the team and the amazing students involved. Not only providing industry standard facilities, but also giving us the amazing expertise and backing from QUT staff, particularly those from the Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT Sport and the QUT Guild.
Laser Central is Brisbane's premier metal processing company. They have been operating for over 20 years and aren't showing any signs of slowing down. Laser Central has always been committed to giving back to their community by supporting innovation and education projects such as QUT Motorsport.
"Laser Central is a 100% Australian, family-owned metal processing company based out of Richlands in Brisbane. We provide premium services for flat and tubular metal products, offering laser-cutting services across the board. Whether you’re seeking a specialist metal cutter, pipe cutting services, or even metal folding capabilities – we can cater to very specific needs with ease. We’re responsive to whatever our customers need, and are always aiming to be the best in the laser cutting industry. We work together with our customers to creatively deliver opportunities that empower them to achieve long-lasting success, forging strong partnerships and a high level of trust in our capabilities."
Partec is a registered training provider that provides courses in composites and plastics technology. Their aim as an organisation is to lift students knowledge in these areas and be a resource for high schools, TAFE colleges and universities. Each year a number of our members undertake a five day course to learn the basics of working with composite. The team pulls from the great knowledge base that the company has, to assist in our designs and utilise composite materials to produce lighter and stronger parts for our car.
Calm Aluminium has played a key role in helping QUT Motorsport progress our learning possibilities by supplying the mould material for the development of our 2020 carbon fibre chassis. They specialise in the sourcing and supply of aluminium for structural applications. The company stocks aluminium ranging from 1000 to 8000 series alloys and offers ferrous and non-ferrous materials suitable for the aerospace, defence, marine and tooling industries. They also offer a wide range of fabrication services including router cutting, machining, precision plate, extrusion, bar and rod cutting, and general light fabrication.
LSM Advanced Composites
LSM Composites specialise in the production of custom manufactured items. High end performance products can be developed for a range of industry applications including the aerospace and automotive industries. They are the first privately owned company in Australia with multiple autoclaves specifically designed for the production of advanced composite components.The three autoclaves offer flexibility to cater for small items through to the very large. LSM Composites helped progress our capabilities by providing the opportunity to manufacture a carbon fibre chassis for QEV-3.
Queensland Raceways operates two tracks inside Queensland with a multitude of events held under different racing disciplines ranging from recreational to professional. QR graciously allows us to use the Lakeside Park for track testing. This allows for collection of data, validation of results and driver training to be conducted, all essential for the successful design of a car.
Blackwoods is Australia's largest supplier of industrial and safety supplies. They are market leaders in providing a variety of products and services including personal protective equipment, welding and gas, power tools, hand tools, workwear and so much more. QUT Motorsport is grateful for their continued support in providing high quality goods that are essential to making our working environment functional and productive.
Australian American Racing is a Brisbane based company that specialises in small race vehicle fabrication, preparation and tuning. AAR utilises the following specialised equipment, services and facilities: Dynojet 250 chassis dynamometer. TIG welding. Engine building facilities for cylinder boring and honing (all materials). Fabrication and repair of components such as chassis components in CrMo steel and fabrication of aluminium components using machining.
3Dconnexion designs powerful, ergonomic hardware and smart, easy-to-use software that combine seamlessly to make working in the world’s most popular CAD applications fast, comfortable and fun. Our team is fortunate enough to be partnered with 3Dconnexion this year and are grateful to have been provided with some of their high-quality products making our design process more efficient and comfortable for team members.
PWR provides world class cooling solutions by manufacturing high performance aluminium radiators, intercoolers and oil coolers for race cooling solutions to leading race categories and teams such as F1, NASCAR, V8 Supercars, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and World Rally Championship. PWR is recognised as a world leader in high performance cooling, having branched out into various industries where cooling solutions are essential and consistently producing innovative answers to the problems placed in front of us.
Koolfoam is a local supplier of Expanded Polystyrene foam sheets, blocks and custom shapes. They support the QUT Motorsport team by providing us with custom CNC cut foam cores for a our wing profiles as well as moulds for other aerodynamics features. The high quality of product and quick turnaround was essential to the success of our 2019 Vehicle.
RapidHarness is a full lifecycle CAD solution built for designing production-ready wire harness schematics. The use of their software has helped streamline the design and development process for our electric system wiring harness.
As a part of the FSAE competition ruleset, we are required to have an insulation monitoring device (IMD) to ensure the safety of the driver and those around the car. Like many teams we have utilised the current partnership that Bender has in the Formula SAE competition and will be using their device on our car. It’s a very special device being one of the only electrical boards that aren’t designed and built by the team!
Leap Australia provides thousands of Australian and New Zealand customers with Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software. Their highly qualified team and experienced engineers provide QUT Motorsport with support, training and advice in relation to ANSYS FEA AND CFD simulations.
Radius Benders were established in 1974 and are an Australian leader in tube bending and pipe bending. Their extensive range of services also include power coating, tapping, end-forming, engraving and numerous other fabrication capabilities. Radius Benders play an important part in the precise bending of our roll hoops.
Calspan operates a state of the art tyre testing facility. They test a range of Formula SAE applicable tyres and provide the data files to the Tyre testing consortium for use by all member FSAE teams for design of their cars. QUT Motorsport could not choose the correct tyre or design our suspension system without the data provided by Calspan.
Alpha Office Furniture
Alpha office furniture operates under the parent company PCF Australia and produces custom office furniture. They were kind enough to use their CNC machines to produce our chassis jig to ensure the chassis was made exactly as designed.
Ayres produce lightweight composite panels for a broad range of applications and industries. We utilise their aluminium honeycomb panels to construct our monocoque chassis. By using a honeycomb panel we are able to produce a strong and quality chassis far easier than the traditional space frame variety.
Dassault Systemes sells a number of 3D modelling packages for use in a number of applications. They provide licenses for the team to use their programs. Computer Aided Design provides numerous advantages in design and manufacture process of parts; it it an essential skill for future engineers to have.