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Structure Building Process
PlanningIn order to test our floor plan as seen below, a full scale prototype was built from wood. Using accurate dimensions of the LandCruiser 70 series the prototype was built to accurately represent the space that would be available in the real vehicle.
Image 2: The elevations used for the building of the prototype vehicle. This was used to measure the dimensions of the wood to build the shell of the vehicle. It should be noted that the height of the window was changed later (see Subsystem Building)
Changes were made to the original building plans throughout the building process and can be seen in the Subsystem Building section.
BuildingBelow you can see different stages of the building process from beginning to end of building the shell of the vehicle.
Image 3: The Engineering team works to add supports to the floor by tipping it on its side and adding cross beams to the existing structure.
Image 5: After assembling the walls and putting them at the correct angles it was found that the walls were not stable. These triangle brackets were added to each external support beam (4 on each side) to add support and hold the wall panels at the correct angle.
Image 6:The completed shell including wheel wells, and the rebuild roof. After adding the triangle supports as seen in Image 5, the roof was rebuilt with additional supports.
ChallengesMany challenges were faced during the building process of the LandCruiser shell. Although plans were created in through computer renderings, it was hard to test the support structure of the prototype until it was being constructed.
To see these challenges and how they were solved see our Problem Tracking Document, which is kept up to date with problems encountered and their solutions.