Monthly Archives: March 2018

Let’s Build eV14!

Hej fellow folks!

The exam week is over, period 4 has started with crazy clashing lecture schedules. But, what is happening at the KTH Formula Student Garage these days? Well, we have started manufacturing our car- eV14!

This year we are very excited to take part in the Formula Student 2018 competition at Silverstone, UK!  We are in fact super excited because we will be also running the car DRIVERLESS!  Yes, we are talking about the autonomous drive system indeed! The competition is scheduled to be held between 11th and 15th of July. With every passing day, we are approaching closer to the BIG DAY and we need to have a race ready car quite soon! But as we often say, it is the process that means to us more than the end product itself. The learning, the experience and the satisfaction of being able to successfully complete this project are what that make this journey exciting, valuable and enjoyable.

So let’s have a quick look at our manufacturing process!

At KTH formula Student, we believe in manufacturing a quality product. Robustness, Reliability, and Quality are very important to us. Of course, a safe car is our paramount objective. So, we have kickstarted our manufacturing process by having a couple of training workshops from our industry partners themselves. Indeed, training is very critical because every component being used is of top-notch quality and is equally expensive. So, learning to use the tools and following good engineering practices to design and implement each and every component are very important in the manufacturing process.

A training session to use LEMO connectors.

It is not always the workshops, we also visit companies. A few of us were at Koenigsegg Automotive AB recently. What is cooler than learning from the experts themselves! It was extremely inspiring to learn their story about how they started a supercar company and grew to be immensely successful, not a pinch deterred by the naysayers. Indeed, “If they say it’s impossible, prove them wrong!”

The Beast!

Here are some pictures that show what is it like to be in the garage every day. Our typical day look like these!

Men at work!

’cause PCBs are important!

We have fun at work ’cause we enjoy what we do!

eV14 – Taking Shape!

Closer to the goal each day!

Not always men, we have a woman at work as well! 😛

Every day there is a new problem to solve, a new challenge to tackle and a ton of learnings and that is exactly what this project is all about- True Engineering. When the goal ahead is crystal clear and when we have solid inspiration and guidance from our alumni, the motivation to build the most awesome car is always growing. Stay tuned to the blog to know more about our progress. A Race-Ready Car is just in the making!

See ya!

~Sindhu

Oh My Dear Exams!

Hej! Hej!

It’s that time of the year again! It feels like the new year celebrations were just over yesterday and its like 3 months already and the exam week is here! Time simply flies. Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with Mega, my neighbor in the corridor. Both of us felt that times were so happy and slow paced when we were kids. One year felt like proper ONE YEAR, unlike now! Is it because of the fact that am growing older? more responsibilities? or, just the grad life? or, is the world changing? are everyone’s life so fast paced that you feel like time flies and its so much about finishing you tasks, deadlines, paying your monthly rent, doing those daily chores and is it just about successfully completing every day than actually living every day? I mean what is it… I would really love to hear your perspective.

Anyway, let’s get to the topic! Exams! Exams are just so annoying, don’t you think? But, if it had not been for these exams, I wonder if I would do all this serious studying ever!

This time, my exams are a big joke I guess. I mean, seriously! I have two exams on the same day! I have taken two courses during this period apart from TaMoS, Modulation of Power Electronics Converters and hybrid and Embedded Control Systems. First of all, I have greatly underestimated these two courses. They are difficult as heck! Secondly, my India trip messed with this entire period since I happened to miss the first few early lectures and I fell sick in India, which means I missed a couple of more lectures when I returned. Thanks to the extreme pristine living conditions in Sweden that my body got used to! So, when I started attending the lectures, I felt so out of place since I lacked the continuity from the earlier lectures. So, to sum it up, I am in a huge puddle of a mess right now.  🙁

And, yeah of course both the exams on the same day! What were my teachers thinking?

So, this is how am gonna tackle. If I give both my exams, I am pretty sure I would flunk in both of them. So, I am thinking of preparing for one and clearing that. At least, it looks feasible to me than giving two exams on the same day. I can actually simply give the other exam a try by not preparing much for it. But, to ruin it all, the other exam is in the morning and the one I want to give is in the evening. So, I really don’t wanna depress myself by a bad exam and spoil the one I want to clear. Anyway, I think I might change my mind. Or maybe not. Well, I am on two thoughts right now. Do you have any suggestions for me?

I came across these funny memes when I was looking for the above memes. I hope they will cheer you up a bit during these tougher times 😛

Least I have some Idea! 😛

I can’t get enough of Game of Thrones!

No! Don’t do this after your exams! Haha!

I know right! I know! I heard the same line today, I bet he was laughing in his head!

And Finally! Wish you the best for the upcoming Exams!

Love,

~Sindhu 🙂

Let’s get used to Sweden! – Part 1

Hi There!

When I came to Sweden, a lot of things seemed new to me and it took me a while for getting used to all that, for example, the cars here drive on the right-hand side of the road and the driver seat is built on the left-hand side of the car. But, this may not feel very different if you have traveled to many countries and have been used to this already, unlike me. I mean, I don’t drive here, but it’s weird when you are trying to cross the road and you forget which way the car would come and look on the wrong side 😅🙈🙆‍♀️

In this post, I thought I will list down a few funny and weird things that uniquely characterizes Sweden.

Hej!

“Hej” is not just a word, its an emotion in Sweden. Everyone greets each other with a Hej which is pronounced much like “Hey”. “Hejsan”, “Tjenna” and “Tje” are also other greeting words that you would hear often. It might seem quite amusing when you see the bus driver greeting each and every passenger with a “Hej” when they get into the bus. For me as an Indian, where “Hey” is something very disrespectful to say to a person unless he is a very close friend, the culture of greeting even the professors with “Hej” was definitely a different experience that now I am used to.

The Toilets!

Okay, now this is the surely the top interesting one! Sweden is one the most gender-equal countries and that reflects in their toilets as well. Don’t be surprised if you see gender-neutral toilets around, where men and women use the same restroom. It is very common. But, I am not talking about the gender-neutral toilets here. I am talking about the non-gender-neutral toilets.

Sometimes, the toilets don’t have the symbol in them. It simply says “Dam” and “Herr”. Now if you’re someone like me, who tried to guess what the words could mean and thought “Herr” for women’s washroom then yay join the club of embarrassed ladies! Herr actually means “Mr.” in Swedish and Dam means lady, Damn! 🤣 It can be a fun experience to walk into the wrong toilet and to get weird looks from the actually embarrassed men 🤣😂 I have done that a lot! Oh, they were not on purpose by the way, just so I clarify. 😆

 

The week number

Most of the Swedes dont use the dates, its no more 1st of March, It is the Thursday of week 9. And, your interview letter might ask you, if your schedule looks free during the early week 10 or so. At first, you will be lost, I was too, but slowly one will get used to this. I haven’t started totally adopting the week system yet but I am getting closer for sure, because I see myself using it now and then. At least, it doesn’t piss me anymore. Although I do have to google the week numbers all the time… 😅

Alright, there are more interesting things to this list like the Licorice candy, funny Swedish words etc that one must absolutely get used to and I will continue to write about them in the next post. Until then do a little research about the cover picture if you don’t get it yet. Stay tuned!

Bye Bye

~Sindhu