XM Workshop machines and software list

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Thinking of bringing team WIKISPEED to your business to build a car on site? Many companies are in order to give their groups hands-on experience with Agile project delivery outside of the software context, and have a great time doing it.

We were asked what size room we might need, how much time it takes, and how many people are a good fit.

15’x20′ is just about the tiniest we can use. Any larger than that, up to a sports field, is awesome. It helps if the facility is out of the rain and comfortable, and it helps if it has standard household power which we can use to run a drill and good lighting. We can build a rolling-chassis in 1 day, and put a pretty carbon fiber exterior aeroshell on it in 2 days. We can do a workshop with as few as 2 people or more than 2,000. Groups of 20 work very well and are intimate, but larger is perfectly doable if we have a good wireless microphone setup on hand.

We were then asked what machines we’d want in the room or to have access to before-hand, and what software we want running on laptops or workstations or cloud instances available to the attendees:

Safety glasses, dust maks, work gloves, ear protection, and a large first-aid kit are best practice items!

Healthy snacks and water are just as important as the safety equipment.

A LARGE whiteboard, 4’x8′ or even larger if we can, helps very much. As does a projector and a powered sound system, but these are not required.

Super Sticky PostIt Notes and black chisel-tip sharplie markers. One deck of PostIts and sharpie per attendee seems to be the right amount.

Vertical Milling Machine with 3/8ths drill bit and 1/4″ end mill.

Horizontal bandsaw, cut-off saw, or cold saw, capable of cutting 4″x4″ square tube.

hand held grinding wheel.

CNC (computer numerically controlled) milling machine. Any size.

CNC router table. Any size, but 4’x8′ is THE BEST! We’ll use this to cut foam, so even a light-duty machine made of wood can work.

CNC water jet cutter. These are typically big and heavy, but if we had access to it before-hand we could cut out the suspension and steering rack nearby, saving us all some shipping costs, and having a good time doing it!

3d printer. Any size. We can use this to make some plastic interior parts and mini-cars for attendees to take home.

FEA (finite element analysis): This software is used for TDD (test driven development) where we see the structural goals of a module before we design it.

CFD (computational fluid dynamics): This software is used fot TDD to see air, heat, water, or even electricity propagate over and through a shape. We use this to see the air-flow and heat dissipation goals of a module before we design it.

CAD (3d drawing software): We use Alibre Design ($149 a seat) and Google Sketchup (free) to mock up 3d shapes and parts.

CAM (Computer Aided Machining): We use this software to take a CAD file and put it in a format the CNC machines above can then create in the real world.

None of these machines or software packages are required to do an XM workshop at your location, but any one of them adds enormous value to the experience weather they available before hand to prep or even on-site in the room we’ll be building a WIKISPEED car together.

You can email to check dates to bring an XM workshop to your office or group.

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