Steering Wheel Progress Update

Project Progress

Since my design preview a month ago, I have made a bit of progress on my project. The first step I took was ordering the aluminum stock I needed for my steering wheel. This came in on 3/28 and had no major defects. After receiving the aluminum stock I submitted a fabrication request at the ITLP and dropped off the aluminum disk they needed to make the part. In addition to the aluminum stock I also ordered the black leather covering for the outside of my steering wheel, which came in on 3/30. 


While waiting for materials to come in I put some work into finalizing the enclosure design. I used the controller assembly shown below to determine the dimensions of the enclosure. 

Current controller assembly

The position of the hole in the enclosure needs to be precise if my steering wheel is gonna mesh well with the adapter. After making some measurements I used a little trigonometry to determine the position of this hole. I also made the decision to move forward making the enclosure out of wood. I will be painting the wood black to fit the dark theme of my street racing aesthetic. The final design is shown below.

Updated enclosure design

What is Left?

Due to an increased focus on Senior Design and an unexpected illness that has kept me out of school the last couple of days, I have not made as much progress on my project as I would have liked. Luckily I planned for this when creating my schedule, which I have updated below to reflect my current progress.

Updated schedule

My next step is to begin printing the outer part of the steering wheel. I separated this into 3 prints that each take 14 hours to complete, so this process will take me 3 days. While those are printing, I need to machine the aluminum bars so that once the ITLP completes my fabrication request I can fully assemble the steering wheel. Once the steering wheel is fully assembled I will cut, assemble, and paint the wooden enclosure. After that, I will add the under-glow lighting and connect the steering wheel to the enclosure. There is still a lot left to do, but I am confident I will complete this project on time and I am excited to test out the final product.

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6 Comments. Leave new

  • Ethan,
    I think the project is coming along great! Its clear that you have a well thought out plan of action and are confident in the project’s completion. keep up the good work.

  • Oliver White
    April 15, 2024 8:46 am

    Ethan –
    Sorry to hear that you were under the weather for a bit. However, it seems as if your scheduling skills have allowed you to stay on top of the project. I am excited to see how it turns out in the end!

    • Ethan Sanchez
      May 1, 2024 11:32 am

      Thanks Oliver! It took a lot of work to get back on track, but I am happy with how everything turned out!

  • Josh Sweeney
    April 14, 2024 9:22 pm

    Hey Ethan!
    This is looking really good! I’m sure you’ll have a lot of success with a wooden enclosure. I hope the manufacturing center does a good job making you part! Interested to see how this turns out.

    • Ethan Sanchez
      May 1, 2024 11:33 am

      Thanks Josh! The core piece I had the ITLP manufacture turned out great, I am excited to show it off at the expo!


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