R&D Designs, Produces VIR Trophy


virtrophy-tudor-webWhen the team at VIRginia International Raceway wanted a custom trophy produced for the Oak Tree Grand Prix/Tudor United Sportscar Championship weekend, they came to the staff at the Southern VA Higher Education Center’s R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE). Over the past few years, the R&D CAMEE team has developed a reputation for producing beautifully designed, signature trophies for prestigious competitions (see Pinnacle Award; Design Emphasis Award). The R&D team was honored with the request to design and produce a trophy for one of the largest races at the nation’s premier road course.

With the VIR trophy, R&D CAMEE embraced the theme “A personal victory deserves a custom trophy.” Their goal was to design a piece that would not only invoke pride for the winner but also instantly take him back to the track where it all began. There were several ideas discussed, but ultimately the R&D team decided “what’s more symbolic of VIR than the track itself?”

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Mechatronics Training

Mechatronics Training Unit

Mechatronics is a field of study combining mechanical and electronic technology. R&D CAMEE has a long-standing interest in this area because of its applications and use in advanced manufacturing. A simple look at a piece of equipment like the Brandt Edgebander shown left shows the seamless integration of mechanical and electronic technology in a single piece of machinery. When this machinery requires attention, a technician must understand all of the mechanical and electrical principles at work. Giving students the knowledge and understanding they need to be successful operators and/or technicians is why R&D CAMEE is working on integrating mechatronics into its workforce training programs.

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Cross Laminated Timbers


Typically, CLTs are made out of spruce and other european hard woods. R&D CAMEE Awarded $250K CIT Grant to certify Southern Yellow Pine, a tree indigenous to Southern Virginia, as a CLT building material. This is a six-step process that involves manufacturing CLT panels that will be tested for strength, tolerance to fire, seismic strength, acoustics, and other factors.

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R&D Develops Pinnacle Award

This summer, the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE) was contacted by the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) with a request to design-for-manufacture and produce their new Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Awards were created in April 1995 by the ASFD Board of Directors to promote design quality and encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry. Each year the award is given out at the High Point Furniture Market award dinner.

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