Curriculum Vitae ~ Michael Farrow


MEng Aerospace Engineering Graduate

Formula Student


Formula Student meets FTDesign

Being that I was a Surrey student, and had an up and running vinyl cutting business, I was in an ideal position to produce the complete sponsorship label kits for both the FS08 and FS09 cars.


For the FS08 vehicle, as I was not directly involved in development, I was given company names and label dimensions, and all I had to do was reproduce the logos to the correct sizes.


For FS09, as I was part of the design team, I was given the role of calculating the sizes of the logos and designing the advertising layout of the vehicle bodywork. By this point, the bodywork had already been designed and manufactured, so all that remained was to allocate space to each Surrey sponsor, dependant on their generosity.


The first task was to collate a list of all the sponsors, and reconstruct their logos. Very few of the sponsoring companies had a copy of their logo in vector format, and each one had to be painstakingly traced using vector drawing software.

Low Resolution Bitmap image and Perfectly Scalable Vector Image, with Example Vector Traces

Once each logo was constructed in a perfectly scalable vector format, the next task was to devide up the available bodywork space. As you can see from the following image (Courtesy of the University of Surrey), there is relatively little bodywork, and therefore little useful advertising space available.

FS09 Car at University Photoshoot prior to Completion

As a result, it was nesisary to maximise the available space, by carefully laying out the logos. This could have been done by careful measurement, or trial and error paper prototyping, however I was aware of a more high tech solution. Using SolidWorks PhotoWorks, each of the vector logo images was overlayed onto the bodywork model.

Walbro multi-point fuel pickups

This process had a number of key advantages. It allowed the layout and design to be easily constructed and visualised, and changes to be made without endless measuring and re-measuring. It also means that a useful assembly guide exists so that other people may fit the stickers, whereas other methods only allow one person.

As part of the PhotoWorks assembly process, images are 'projected' onto the bodywork, and physical dimensions are specified at this point. Therefore, once PhotoWorks design is completed, physical dimensions can be directly extracted, and applied immediately in the vinyl cutting software.

Once vinyl cutting was completed, the PhotoWorks images were used as a reference to fit the vinyls to the bodywork. The finished result was very successful.

Finished Car, with Vinyl Stickers In Place

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