CO2 Shell Dragster Tutorials

Welcome to our SOLIDWORKS 2010 and Mastercam X4 CO2 Shell Dragster Tutorials. We use SOLIDWORKS 2010 to design our cars and Mastercam X4 to create CNC toolpaths to cut the car body. The following tutorials with the PDF icon and MP4 icon are available for viewing. Download the free reader from Adobe.
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Here are 2015, 2012 and 2011 tutorials. 2015 is recommended.


Table of Contents

Part 1. Blank. Units are all metric. This tutorial is the same as the rail car blank.

2. Body.

  3 X4. SW to MCX4. In this New tutorial using HST toolpaths you open your SW body file in Mastercam X4. In Mastercam X4 you rotate solid body into the correct Mastercam XY axis, create a wireframe centered around the solid and draw containment. Also, you create new WCS views for toolplanes. Click here for old Mastercam SW to MCX4 pdf and click here for video.
  4 X4. New HST toolpaths to cut shell car body from balsa blank: 1) Bottom shell wheel cutouts using rough Area Clearance and finish Raster. 2) Cut body left side using finish Sweep toolpath. 3 Mirror left cut to right side cut. Click here for old Mastercam Blend toolpaths and click here for video.
Part   5. Front Wheel GT-F.
Part   6. Rear Wheel GT-R.
Part   7. Axle.
Assembly   8. Assembly.
Drawing   9. Drawing. 11” by 17” paper.
Part   10. Washer.
Part   11. Axle Retainer with Mates.
Part   12. Eye Screw with Threads and Mates. It is not recommended to model threads, but they are so cool..
Part   13. Cartridge with Mates.
  14. Flames Decal for Body. Click here to try our flames file and here for the alpha file.
  15. Analyze in Wind Tunnel. Analyze assembly design using Flow Simulation and create animation of flow trajectories. Our best was 12.72 drag! Can you design car with less drag?
Part   18. E-Clip.
CAMWorks   19. CAMWorks Toolpaths. Bottom cut with Left cut and Right cut toolpaths across the X axis all within SolidWorks.