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ATHENE Racing Team e.V.

  • Who are we?

Athene Racing Team is a young team of Formula Student Germany, a design competition for students which not only focuses on the construction performance but also evaluates the implementation and production as well as the finance and sales concept of every team.

This is why Athene Racing Team sees itself as a cross-disciplinary project which involves students from a wide range of faculties of the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich.

  • What do we have to offer?

The upcoming season is the second for the Athene Racing Team. In the last season we have taken a major step forward: from vehicle concept via planning and construction to the manufactured racing car, namely Artemis, a legit racing car with combustion engine which allows us to participate in all dynamic disciplines of the Formula Student.

  • What is our target?

The next season is all about re-working our first vehicle with focus on optimization and simulation. Moreover, we have started a second project in order to participate at the Formula Student with an electrical racing car which is in the middle of being designed.

  • Why EAGLE?

For the development of the electric vehicle we are planning to work more professional in terms of electronic design and documentation. EAGLE is the tool of our choice to draw circuit diagrams and manage the layouts for our boards, especially because it is our objective to create our own converter.


Ignition Racing team electric at the University of Osnabrück

The Ignition Racing Team is an independent team of students at the University of Osnabrück. The team designs and produces an electrical racing car every year and participates at the Formula Student. IRT was founded in 2006 by 6 students of the University of Osnabrück. In 2011 the team switched over to an electrical car which is being consequently developed since then. IRT is using CadSoft EAGLE for the development of various boards. The spectrum ranges from control boards to a self developed dashboard as well as boards to monitor the high voltage batteries. EAGLE stands out through its simple and intuitive operability. Many students already gained some experience by having used the EAGLE free version for private projects before – which helps to get started. Having received EAGLE licenses through sponsoring, enables us to design bigger and multi layer PCBs. This also means the implementation of more complex circuits and the combination of functional units.


MunicHMotorsport 

MunicHMotorsport is the Formula Student racing team of the University of Applied Sciences Munich. Once more students from a wide range of faculties join forces to design and build a competitive formula race car for the series. By reserving the last season for intensive testing on our combustion car the team is now able to apply the knowledge to the design of the vehicle for the upcoming season. Beyond doubt the highlight we are all working towards is the Formula Student Germany event at the Hockenheim Circuit in summer 2014. As it was in previous seasons our goal will be to design the crucial electronic parts ourselves to keep track of reliability and weight. However we will pursue our ergonomic and aesthetic goals in terms of cockpit functionality and design.

With CadSoft’s support we are able to steadily improve our electronic components in all regards. With EAGLE we design our custom PCBs to reach our expected high performance. It is an intuitive but powerful software which provides us with a professional workspace as well as a user-friendly interface.


TUfast e.V. Racing Team

The TUfast Racing Team of the Technical University of Munich is a student association of highly motivated future engineers and business economists. We aim to design, construct and produce two new race cars per year to participate at the Formula Student SAE competition.
Every year, for more than ten years, the team has developed a vehicle with combustion engine and since 2011 an additional vehicle powered by electricity. It is not only the technical know-how which allows us to run these projects year after year; it is also the right equipment such as the professional software EAGLE from CadSoft. With this easy-to-use and intuitively learned software, we design all boards from battery management system to shutdown board ourselves.
Thank you to CadSoft for the support – the TUfast Racing team will give its best in the race season 2014 in order to continue its success story.

eCARus – TU Munich

In the heart of Munich, students of the Technical University of Munich are building electric cars within the project eCARus since 2009. From the start, the responsibility for this hands-on project lies with the students who are supported in terms of technical questions by academic associates of the faculty for Energy Conversion Technology and the chair of Energy Storage Technology. After having successfully terminated working on the first car eCARus 1.0, the design of eCARus 2.0, a two-seater, commenced. Implementing the knowledge acquired in their studies in a practical project is quite demanding and requires a range of skills from the participants. This is only possible by using professional tools such as the software EAGLE by CadSoft. “The team eCARus appreciates the easy and fast access to schematic and board design that EAGLE provides for students”, Ludwig John, eCARus.


TURAG e.V.

The TU Dresden Robotics work group (TURAG e.V.) was founded in 2003 and consists primarily of students of the faculties electrical engineering and information technology. We regularly present our robots at public events, offer educational programs for students and young people and since 2006 have participating annually at the international robots competition Eurobot. Our greatest successes at this competition were winning the title of vice world champion in 2007 and the German championship in 2008 and 2011. The electronics of these autonomous robots that we create for these events, is mostly self developed. Each of our robots is a complex system consisting of several control boards with micro controllers, extension boards and self developed engine and servo controls. We use CadSoft EAGLE for our development of the electronics as it enables professional schematics and layouts, but is easy to learn due to its elaborate user interface.


Staatl. Realschule Helmbrechts

For the third time in a row, pupils of the middle school Helmbrechts have qualified for the world championship in robot football. At the Robocup in Magdeburg it was the team FRF Goalforce that was clearly superior and won the German championship of robot football of the age class up to 14 years. In the end, they won 76:2.

After Istanbul and Mexico City, the next world championship in Robocup will take place in Eindhoven/ Netherlands in June 2013.

The football robots of 22cm height compete 2 against 2 on a special game table and interact completely autonomously. Distant control is not allowed. This means that the students have to have programmed the robots in a way that they follow the ball a complete half time (10 minutes) and score in the opponent’s goal as often as possible.

In total 400 German schools annually take part at the Robocup that has existed for more than 18 years. The robots technique becomes more and more sophisticated same as the competition becomes stronger and stronger. That is why our young hobbyists plan to equip their robots with a self-developed circuit board for the first time.

Thanks to the generous support from CadSoft, they will be able to do it with the professional software EAGLE 6.4. That’s how the school team “Franconian RoboForce” from Helmbrechts (Germany) wants to keep up with the best in the future as almost all top teams use the CadSoft product.

Dank der großzügigen Unterstützung von Cadsoft wird diese mit der professionellen Software Eagle 6.4 entwickelt. Die Schülergruppe “Franconian RoboForce” aus Helmbrechts (Bayern) will dadurch auch in Zukunft erfolgreich sein, denn fast alle Spitzenteams verwenden das Produkt von Cadsoft.

http://www.realschule-helmbrechts.de/index.php/unsere-schule/robotik/


Robots Club Aachen e.V.

The Robots Club Aachen is registered as non-profit organization since 2001. It consists of students of the universities RWTH Aachen and FH Aachen, mainly studying engineering. We build autonomic, mobile robots for the international competition Eurobot. The purpose of the organization is the encouragement of science and technics as well as the education of young people. We present our robots and the work of our organization to the public on a regular base.

At the Eurobot competition, international teams of amateurs compete with their self developed robots. Every year, the robots have to solve a new task autonomically. There are always the robots of two teams that have to compete against each other on the 2 x 3m match field. They have to recognize their environment independently, evade the enemy’s attacks and manipulate game elements.

The robots are being steered by micro controllers and FPGAs. There are around 10 boards with up to 4 layers implemented in every robot. CadSoft has supported us for years with a license for their EAGLE software. With this powerful, but easy-to-learn tool we develop ambitious boards. The experiences with EAGLE can also be useful for students after graduation in their professional lives!

http://www.roboterclub.rwth-aachen.de/cms/


Rennschmiede Pforzheim (University of Pforzheim)

The young team of Rennschmiede Pforzheim is the formula student team of the University of Pforzheim. It comprises of about 40 students from the faculties engineering, economics and design who give their best for the racing season 2013. After having celebrated their debut with Zabrina in Italy and Germany last year, the Rennschmiede is ready to start this season with their newest racing car: Gärry!

Being equipped with an electrical clutch and pneumatic cylinder, Gärry is supposed to fulfill the team’s slogan “stay ahead of the pack with quality”. EAGLE is playing an important role for this achievement: not only controller board, but also brake lights, display board for rotational speed and gear as well as smaller boards for test or measuring tasks were designed with EAGLE software.

The benefits of EAGLE are obvious: it is possible to choose components from the extensive components library in a comprehensive and easy way. This enables especially our new team members to participate in the project in an intuitive way and allows them to start planning of schematic circuit diagrams and layouts within in a minimum of time.

The team of Rennschmiede Pforzheim would like to thank CadSoft Computer GmbH for their support and will do its best to play a leading role during the racing season 2013.

www.rennschmiede-pforzheim.de


Formula Student Team Weingarten/ University of applied sciences Ravensburg- Weingarten

The Formula Student Team Weingarten was founded in 2009 by a few highly motivated students. Today, the team of the University Ravensburg-Weingarten consists of about 50 future engineers and has a history of 4 seasons with 10 races in total. By participating annually at European events, the team has gained experience and is fully supported and well recognized by the university itself.

Our race cars, named “Stinger09” to “Stinger13”, have been improved year on year in all aspects and from the upcoming season will be equipped with even more self-developed and innovative electronic components in order to secure failure safety and score in static events.

The graphic layout editor EAGLE from CadSoft enabled the Formula Student Team Weingarten to create simple schematics as well as complex PCB circuits and led to operating prototypes.

EAGLE provides an easy introduction to the creation of modern electronic components for the students and future engineers of our committed team.

The Formular Student Team Weingarten looks forward to an ongoing fruitful cooperation with CadSoft!

http://formulastudent.hs-weingarten.de/team



Running Snail Racing Team (University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden)

Running Snail Racing Team„Innovation never stops“ – the slogan and aim of the Running Snail Racing Team.

The racing team of the University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden formed in 2004, is untiring in search for improvements for the new racing car, this year for the first time purely electrical.

Since 2005 Running Snail takes part at the Formula Student. This is a competition for prospective engineering students to convert the theory into praxis. Here counts not only having the fastest and most innovative racing car prototype, but also the whole overall of presentation, design and cost plan.

Nowadays electronics in automobiles have achieved a primary status, just as in the racing car from the Running Snail Racing Team. For nearly every department of the vehicle there is an electronic control of the components necessary to score smooth and optimal results.

For several years now the EAGLE Software of CadSoft proves one’s worth in our team. We use it for our printed circuit board layouts and our circuit diagrams.

The team thanks for the support, is glad to work with EAGLE and hopes to achieve the first successes with the easy and simple operability of the software soon and to cope with the challenges of the electrical racing car.

http://www.running-snail.de/home-en-GB/


Global Formular Racing e.V.

The Formula Student/SAE challenge is an international design competition, in which students from all over the world build and race Formula style race cars. Over 500 universities around the world design, fabricate, and test their race cars for 12 competitions in 11 countries, making it the largest student engineering competition in the world.
A new vehicle must be designed each year and comply with the current set of rules which are designed to keep the competitions safe, fair and challenging.
In 2010, the successful Formula SAE teams from Oregon State (USA), and DHBW Ravensburg (Germany) combined forces to compete as Global Formula Racing (GFR), which is the first global collaboration of its kind in FSAE. The Global Formula Racing Team won six competitions in the two years of its history, making it the most successful FSAE team. Since 2011, the team develops, designs, manufactures, and tests a battery powered electric car next to the combustion car. The EV has a high percentage of self-developed electronics and PCBs.
Our use of CadSoft EAGLE includes the design of a battery management system as well as the safety circuit, which shuts the car down in critical situations. One of the reasons for us using EAGLE as design tool for our PCBs its international popularity. EAGLE skills are useful for employments in both, the US and Germany. On top of this, the software is very beginner friendly.
The biggest benefit is the free availability of EAGLE Light. Each team member can practice the use of the software on private PCs and view the status of the PCB design. Plus, several team members used EAGLE Light in their own projects before joining the team.
www.global-formula-racing.com


Mainfranken Racing

We are a registered association at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt and are already building the fifth race car for the Formula Student Design Competition.
Its slogan “creating a future for engineers” encapsulates the purpose of the competition. Prospective engineers are given the opportunity to apply the theory of the courses directly into practice, to improve their soft skills and be optimally prepared for the employment.
The winner of this competition is not the team with the fastest car, but the one with the best overall concept of construction, design and cost.
As in the automotive industry the electronics in our car, play an increasingly important role. The vehicle electronics consists mainly of motor control, Steering wheel, controller for shift and clutch actuators, battery management and wiring harness. Except the engine management system, all components are developed by team members.
We develop these components by using the Software EAGLE. EAGLE is provided to us by courtesy of CadSoft Computer GmbH. Based on the clear and intuitive structure of the software, we can entirely concentrate on the development of our automotive electronics.
A big thanks to CadSoft Computer GmbH.


Fasttube – Technical University of Berlin
Since 2006 FaSTTUBe, the Formula Student Team of the Technical University of Berlin constructs and builds cars for the Formula Student Series. Since 2009 we successfully use EAGLE software to plan and design the vehicle electronics. With the help of EAGLE we were able to optimize the layout each season, decrease installation space in therefore reduce weight, which is especially important in motorsport.We design all electronic components with EAGLE: from the basic brake light up to the compelx steering wheel circuit board. Even for more intricate layouts like the intelligent energy management system or the design of flexboards the EAGLE Software convinces due to its intuitive operation and easy implementation of our ideas. EAGLE enables our team members to learn the software quickly during the racing season and enhance the quality of our electronic components.
www.fasttube.de


Aalto – 1

Aalto – 1 is a student project aiming to design, build and launch a 34 x 10 x 10 cm nanosatellite, which will be Finland’s first satellite. Started in 2010, the satellite’s mission is to demonstrate the technology behind its three main payloads, which are a spectral imager, a radiation monitor and an electrostatic orbital plasma brake. The satellite is aimed to be launched at the beginning of 2014, and has more than 50 students involved in designing and building it. Already most subsystems are either being designed or tested, with various parts of the satellite requiring detailed electrical design and sophisticated tools. Eagle software will be used in designing many of these subsystems, such as the onboard computer (OBC), resulting in a full-fledged spacecraft.


High Speed Karlsruhe – UAS Karlsruhe

High Speed Karlsruhe is the Formula Student team of the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe. Founded in 2006 by Mechanical Engineering students, electronics have long played a minor role in the team. In the 2010/2011 season this underwent a fundamental shift, with thedevelopement of an electric vehicle, the E-105.
Students from the fields Electrical Engineering, Communication Technology and Computer Science entered the team and our Electronics development efforts exploded. So far as a student project we had been using CadSoft EAGLE 5 on university workstations. Keeping track of our designs and libraries was a real challenge, data exchange was realised on shared network folders, USB drives and through e-mail. Something needed to happen and that something was the release of EAGLE 6. After an evaluation phase we applied for a sponsoring by CadSoft, which was generously granted. Thanks to the new XML based file formats introduced with EAGLE 6, we can now use the same distributed version control system (DVCS) to collaborate on our designs as we use for our software development. Now several people can simultaneously work on the same designs and libraries, start experimental branches and merge them back into our central repository, with the added benefit of being able to move back and forward in time to all versions of our designs.
Domenic Fandrey, Teamleader

Cambridge University Spaceflight

Cambridge University Spaceflight is a student run society founded in 2006 comprising undergraduates and postgraduates from many disciplines. We aim to develop the technology needed to reduce the cost of sub-orbital access to space for scientific research, in the form of high altitude balloon launches, designing rockets, and other related experiments.

WHZ Racing Team / Zwickau

Zwickau has been a famous site for automotive engineering in Germany for many years now, especially for its successes in automotive racing during the 1930s.
To tie up with these successes and to continue the tradition, a small group of dedicated and ambitious students of the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau developed a new racing car to take part in the Fromula Student: The WHZ Racing Team was founded.
By now our team consists of 70 students, coming from various university departments, who have the chance to implement their theoretical know-how within the project of the WHZ Racing Team. Furthermore they can get a lot of experience and learn from other team members to expand their skills.
What provides the basis for this successful career of the WHZ Racing Team, always creating new innovations and visions, is the CadSoft from EAGLE.
With the programme EAGLE we create all of our circuit boards. The development starts with the circuit diagram and ends with the finished layout, which then will be produced. Thanks to the high reliability of the programme, the circuit boards can be assembled with a high quality each year. This is reflected in our results, we are reaching. The achieved complexity of the circuit boards ranges from two- to six-ply.
To be able to create progressive circuit boards of high quality in the future, we’ll need EAGLE V6.

Team Spacesailors – RWTH Aachen

The launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite on 4th of October 1957 introduced the era of spaceflight. Unfortunately with this great event the problem of space debris was also born. Now, after nearly 55 years of human activity in space a constantly increasing amount of space debris represents a tremendous problem for actual and future space missions. Therefor it is necessary to develop new de-orbit technologies for disused satellites. By using a dragsail at the end of life of a satellite the aerodynamic drag of the earth’s atmosphere can be increased which causes an acceleration of the satellite’s reentry. Unfortunately there are not many experiences in the domain of the deployment of such large lightweight structures in microgravity conditions until now. With our Experiment EDOD (Experimental Deployment Of a Dragsail) for the REXUS program (www.rexusbexus.net) we hope to enhance the comprehension of the deployment kinematics of a dragsail and to qualify a deployment mechanism for future CubeSat missions. We also want to qualify a self-constructed camera module which will monitor the deployment of our 5 m² kapton sail. The deployment will take place on the REXUS sounding rocket in an altitude of nearly 100 km.
Thanks to CadSoft’s generous support we’re able to develop these camera modules in an optimal environment!

Club S.O.N.I.A.

École de technologie supérieure, Montreal (Quebec) Canada

Every year in Canada a group of undergrad students are advancing the design and build of their underwater intelligent vehicle, SONIA, readying to compete in the International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition.
“Specifically using EAGLE, it’s a very crucial part of our design.” says Kevin Larose, the team leader, electrical and mechanical team member. Although created by students at the Ecole de Technologie Superieure this does not look like a student project. Using EAGLE, this year’s 5 person electrical team has developed sophisticated circuit boards, one featuring a total of 8 sensors, plus various actuators and interface circuitry.
Held by the Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle System International and the Office of Naval Research the competition requires vehicles to act autonomously navigating through gates, locating an acoustic beacon, grabbing and dropping objects, and launching projectiles amongst other tasks.
“Scripts are the best part of EAGLE,” says Larose. “Python scripts can be done very fast like in 5 minutes. This is very helpful. We have developed about 15 to 20 scripts and ULPS for our designs.”

Low-energy vehicles for the Shell Eco Marathon
Team Schluckspecht / Offenburg University

Since as long ago as 1998 the Schluckspecht team from Offenburg University has been taking part in the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM). The winner of this competition is the most energy-efficient vehicle.
Around 30 students from various disciplines work to achieve shared success and were already able to claim some notable achievements in the development of demonstration vehicles with outstanding fuel economy. For example a diesel vehicle achieved a performance of 1807 km/l, and a fuel cell engine 3198 km/l. Even the battery vehicle running on normal roads brought a smile to the face of team members, managing a full 624.6 km, before requiring a recharge.
With EAGLE, there are plans for engine control units, battery and fuel cell control units, HMIs and power electronics.

Car racing – SAE Formula Electric
Oregon State University

The Formula SAE series is a world-wide series of competitions that challenge students to design, manufacture and race small “Formula-style” race cars. Every year, more than 430 teams from around the world compete in the nine competitions across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Each competition consists of a variety of events, from timed laps in the car, to detailed presentations on the engineering design and cost breakdown of the vehicle.
Oregon State has been fielding cars every year since 1989. In 2009-2010, the BA Racing Team from the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg (DHBW-R), Germany, and the Beaver Racing Team from Oregon State University (OSU) merged to become Global Formula Racing (GFR), the first international entity in Formula SAE/Formula Student.
The 2010-2011 racing year differs from previous years in that Global Formula Racing will be engineering a high-performance electric vehicle in addition to the combustion car. The scope of our project will include the design and implementation of an accumulator (battery) system and related components for the vehicle. The car will be required to pass a technical inspection and safety of the implementation of the high voltage system will be critically important in order to compete. The components to be designed and built for this project include the battery pack and monitoring/containment system, an off-car charging system designed for the power supply available at competition, an on-board battery cell balancing circuit, and required safety systems (emergency shutdown switches, circuit isolation, etc.). A kinetic energy recovery circuit using the electric motor as a generator may be implemented if time and cost constraints permit. The information gathered by the battery monitoring system will be communicated to a data acquisition system over a wired local network on the vehicle; this will primarily be used to ensure the battery is in a safe condition during operation. The entire system will be designed to be fail-safe and will be in complete compliance with the Formula Student Electric Germany (FSEG) rules.
“Having access to the EAGLE has given us the tools needed to complete our complex project in a timely manner with minimal learning curve. These circumstances alone are enough for us to pave the way to making our project a huge success!”, Dr. Robert Paasch (Faculty Advisor) / Chris Hendricks (Team Captain).

Fast, faster, EAGLE – Formula Student
Mittweida Motorsport test centre – University of Mittweida

The Mittweida Motorsport test centre (hereinafter TMM) was established in 2006 in the former Mechanical Engineering faculty of the University of Mittweida. With the founding of TMM, the students found themselves following in the footsteps of the famous mechanical engineer August Horch, who studied at the Mittweida test centre from 1888 to 1891. And of course, TMM plays an active role in Formula Student.
To ensure they remained among the front runners this year also, ceaseless effort as made on a range of innovations. For 2011, a vehicle computer is planned. As the central element, an OMAP3-based Beagleboard development kit is used. This board houses a Linux operating system, which features a connection to the vehicle bus (CAN Bus) via a CAN adaptor designed in-house. The display is in the form of a colour LCD display, with input via a touch screen.
The EAGLE software is used to develop the connection board between the Beagleboard, display and touch screen. This board includes corresponding sockets, level transducer, voltage references and a touch screen controller. The EAGLE software is also used to develop a power supply and a CAN-connected DMS measurement amplifier.
“The EAGLE Software stands out for its exceptional development flexibility in development as well as the high total of available libraries and a wide community of developers.”, Anna Kirchner, Technikum Mittweida Motorsport.
www.tm-motorsport.net

Racing Team / TU Graz

Each year, the TU Graz Racing Team constructs and builds a Formula Student racing car and uses EAGLE to create all the PCBs for the entire set of vehicle electronics.
From brake light to coupling, switching, stepping motor control and carbon multifunction steering wheel, all are planned and laid out in EAGLE.
“We are delighted with the software, since it offers all the functions which we need for the development. EAGLE is very well-known and most of the new colleagues with an educational background in PCB design are very familiar with it. Obviously this helps us save tremendously on training time.” Bernhard Fischbacher, Racing Team TU Graz.

KA-RaceIng e.V. – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

KA-RaceIng e.V. is a university group at the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (formerly the University of Karlsruhe (TH)), which is taking part in the Formula Student competitions in Europe and North America with vehicles it has developed itself.
Since 2007, more than 50 students have been constructing petrol-engined cars and since 2010 electric cars. The racing cars are formula vehicles, namely with free-standing wheels and the engine situated in the rear.
Moreover, since 2007, KA RaceIng has developed the lion’s share of the control units for the vehicles itself. Since 2010, the petrol-engined and electric cars have made joint use of a modular electronic system.
“For the planning of all PCBs, we use EAGLE as an easy-to-learn design tool. The flat learning curve facilitates the uptake of the program, meaning all new team members can quickly achieve good results,” states Jürgen Scholz, Team leader Electric Drive Train, KA-RacIng e.V.

Elbflorace – TU Dresden

With Elbflorace, TU Dresden has been involved in the Formula Student Electric program since the start of the 2010/2011 season, supported in its efforts by CadSoft EAGLE.
The electric drive train means the computational complexity of the vehicle has increased enormously, which is reflected in the abundant number of microprocessors and sensors. The PCBs for these applications are equipped with EAGLE in-house.
“We use EAGLE for a wide range of PCBs, e.g. the Battery Management System for the battery monitoring, motor control cards with CAN bus, fan controllers, an ABS control and even a brake light are already equipped on the PCB,”, Max Neumann, elbflorace – TU Dresden.

MunicHMotorsport – University of Munich

50 students from a wide range of faculties join forces to try and achieve victory for their home university and in so doing; their primary focus is on the Formula Student Germany event in Hockenheim in August 2011.
Electrical gear change, coupling, cooling and fuel pumps are centrally controlled in the Munich motorsport team by a board. To plan the board itself, the initial step involves developing a circuit diagram with EAGLE, to subsequently proceed with designing the layout.
“EAGLE has an intuitive user interface, which has made things much easier for me, despite being a beginner. I also think it is very clearly arranged and the forward-reverse annotation facilitates the layout, because it allows ideas which have already been incorporated into the circuit diagram to be directly transferred to the actual layout. The function to create new components also works flawlessly, while the standard packages made available all help make things even easier.” Sarah Schwöbel, municHMotorsport.

Race-Ing. Team – FH Dortmund

Since 2005, the Race-Ing. team from the University of Applied Sciences has taken part in Formula Student, the international design competition. To date, four vehicles have been developed using EAGLE and further developed on a continual basis.
The task for the students is to work in teams on constructing and producing a formula car for the international Formula Student design competition. The vehicle must subsequently do battle with competition during racing events. As well as driving performance, the business plan, cost report, and engineering abilities are all evaluated by a specialist jury from industrial and economic backgrounds.
http://www.race-ing.de/

With the sun along the home stretch
SolarCar-Team – HS Bochum

For almost a decade now, students, employees and professors from the mechatronics and mechanical engineering facilities as well as electrical engineering and computer science have worked on solar-powered vehicles. A project that encompasses all facets of the engineering profession: teamwork, project management, intercultural perspectives and last but not least, the fascination with modern technology.
“Each module you can imagine, starting with a simple power adaptor via the motor control module up to the battery management system developed in-house, is developed by us using EAGLE. In this case, EAGLE is a one-stop solution. Firstly, it can be used to create circuit plans and layouts, ranging from simple to complex. EAGLE makes it child’s play to optimize the size of the board or the general arrangement of components. Since elements such as the required training period and efficiency (one program for all) are our top priority, and the set-up has allowed all students, even those without any previous knowledge, to get to grips with the operation in just a few hours, the EAGLE software package from CadSoft has become a standard tool, which we cannot do without.” Felix Burmeister, Head of Students, E-Technik, SolarCar-Team.

Youth in Research 2011 – Technical Category
Theodorianum Grammar School in Paderborn

The development of a ventilation system to regulate the climate of a specific area of a room is the task facing those taking part in “Youth in Research 2011”. The Theodoranium grammar school produced a very convincing draft plan, good enough to earn second place in the regional competition.
“For our research and development work, CadSoft Computer GmbH were good enough to give us access to the EAGLE CAD software. This meant we could proceed with the in-house development of the draft circuit diagram required for our electronic control and the design of the board itself at almost the same time and proceed with the etching of the board.”, Axel Beller.
A world over 4,000 qm – Hamburg Miniature Wonderland
The Hamburg Miniature Wonderland presents the largest model railway in the world. Each day, some 200,000 miniature inhabitants, 820 trains, 400 cars and ships form part of the breathtaking scenery, which is illuminated by over 300,000 lights. For the PCB planning of the miniature wonderland, the makers opted for EAGLE.
“We have relied on the PCB design software EAGLE for many years now when expanding our miniature wonderland in Hamburg. We can use it swiftly and without fuss to create complex circuit diagrams and layouts. We are excited by the flexibility and user-friendliness of EAGLE, which allows us to tailor the individual processes directly in line with our requirements!” Axel Opitz, Development department.

RoboCup – Mostly Harmless
TU Graz

The RoboCup is an international research platform, which has set itself the target of advancing with research in the field of artificial intelligence, communication as well as the mechanical and electrical design of robots.
Mostly Harmless is an all-student team, which – unaided – used EAGLE to develop, construct, complete, test and finance football robots for use in the world and European championships.
These championships are held as part of global scientific symposia entitled RoboCup.
In the meantime, Mostly Harmless are facing up to their sixth season as a mid-size football robot team and offer regular evidence that Austrian football is far superior to what its reputation may suggest.
This has included the following set of results in recent years:
  • WM participants in 2005 in Osaka, 2006 in Bremen, 2007 in Atlanta and 2009 in Graz
  • Attaining the intermediate round in the 2009 world championships in Graz
  • 3rd place in the Technical Challenge World Championship 2009
  • Design Award RoboCup 2005 Osaka, Japan
  • 5th place during the European Championships 2010 in Magdeburg, Spotlight Prize 2008, awarded for the Langen Nacht research. The team consists of 40 students from differing study disciplines, who work together, one season after another, to improve their existing robots!

Robocup Junior Soccer
Antitischhochheber – Bernhard-Strigel Grammar School in Memmingen

Working alongside and supported by some regional companies, the “Antitischhochheber” team plans, designs and builds the robot team which will take part in the Robocup Junior Soccer tournament.
This involves two autonomously working robots adjacent each other,which attempt to propel a ball into the opponent’s goal.. For orientation purposes, for example, light or compass sensors are used.
“Compared to other programs, EAGLE is laid-out extremely well and clearly, but still lets you design complex switching diagrams. Moreover, many PCB manufacturers also prefer the use of EAGLE as a layout program and offer cheaper prices for the same. This lends EAGLE a wide-ranging applicable scope, from Schul-AG to electronics companies.” Pascal Mossier, Antitischhochheber.
Roboter AG – Johannes-Kepler Grammar School in Weil
The Roboter AG of Johannes-Kepler Grammar School also use EAGLE to plan their own robots, are regular participants in the Robocup Junior Soccer and claimed third place when participating for the first time in Vöhringen.
“During the work, I noticed that the EAGLE program really did live up to its name, namely a “User-Friendly Graphics Layout Editor”. It allowed me to design my first PCB unaided and best of all, it got the job done right away, despite the task at hand being relatively complicated.” Cornelius Römer.

Saar Racing Greenteam

In 2011 a small group of students founded the Saar Racing Greenteam at the Saarland University to take part in the worldwide Formula Student competition.Our team consists of students from nearly all faculties including Mechatronics, Material Science, Computer Science, Physics and even Business Studies.Cooperating with the already existing Saar Racing Team from UAS Saarbruecken the team could concentrate on the electrical and especially the electronical part of the car.Thanks to the possibilities at our university we are able to take part in all steps of manufacturing the electronics, from the first sketch and doing a proper layout in Eagle over etching or milling the PCBs and baking and soldering the components up to finally mount them into the car.Nearly all PCBs in the car are selfmade like the Battery Managment System, the Sensor-to-CAN nodes, the display in the steering wheel and many other smaller boards.Using EAGLE as our only tool to develop the PCBs is great for us, because we can easily implement missing parts, document the whole PCB and can even test if the PCBs are manufacturable before wasting material and time. With the EAGLE Light version we can distribute the designing of the PCBs to different team members and when they finish their work the persons with the Professional-versions can put them together to prepare them for manufacturing. With a short tutorial written by us, new members find an easy access to Eagle and every student who worked with EAGLE was amazed how fast and easy they could professionally design their own PCBs and now do benefit from this experience in their studies.

Illini Motorsports – University of Illinois/ USA

Illini Motorsports is the Formula SAE team of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year the electronics team is heavily involved with EAGLE as it is used to create all of its custom PCBs. In the 2010/2011 racing season the team used EAGLE to create their first fully electronic carbon fiber steering wheel along with the first version of their custom data acquisition system. Following that season the team used EAGLE to create a new power distribution module and expansion module for their ECU. This year Illini Motorsports is using EAGLE to create a new CAN based data acquisition system. This has involved creating completely new PCBs with CAN hardware and interfacing them with our other systems.

“Thanks to CadSoft’s generous support we have been able to vastly improve the electronics on our car. EAGLE has allowed us to design all of our electronics in a quick and efficient manner. We aren’t limited by the software or the sometimes steep learning curves of other programs. Newer members are able to pick up how to use EAGLE very quickly and can start designing at a very early stage on the team. Our large electronic progress throughout the recent years can be attributed in part to CadSoft and their support!”,Michael Bastanipour, Electronics Team Leader, Illini Motorsports.

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