World title solar car team charges ahead

This year the Innoptus Solar Team has been using JETCAM Expert as its exclusive nesting software to produce its 10th solar vehicle. The group of Belgian engineers currently hold the world title in solar racing and are seeking to prolong their success by creating the most innovative solar powered car in 2023.

As the team’s partner for CADCAM, nesting, and industry 4.0 IoT software, JETCAM has been instrumental in the car’s production. The nesting technology manages two main materials that are cut on cutting machines: carbon fibre prepreg and foam core materials. Two separate cutters are operated between JETCAM’s production partner facilities: Indupol and Sabca.

JETCAM Expert has provided a key advantage for the Innoptus Solar Team, in that it has quickly generated cutting files for the different machines used. The bite fed cutter at Indupol requires G-code which is generated by the software while the prepreg cutting machine at Sabca utilises nested DFX files.

After the installation of JETCAM Expert was handled remotely by a JETCAM engineer in the United States, a short tutorial was then recorded that helped distribute and deskill the operating process for the Innoptus Solar Team.

In addition, the team was able to utilise JETCAM University—the award-winning online video tutorials platform —to search for specific functionality such as mirroring flat patterns in JETCAM Order Controller. The availability of assistance has aided the Innoptus Solar Team to generate nest files within a matter of minutes, as well as cutting replacement plies during the lamination process, which may be necessary if a defect is found in a ply. Furthermore, the high-performance nesting algorithm has ensured minimal wastage of premium materials used during the manufacturing process.

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