Porsche Engine Modeling Project
Oakland Technical High School, Spring 2005

Class: Advanced Vocational Drafting/3D Modeling
Team Size: 2 people
Duration: 5 months


In the Engineering Academy program at Oakland Tech, every year students take on large-scale independent projects during the last few months of school, which are later submitted to the Alameda County Fair and the California State Fair. My twin brother and I were the sole members of the advanced drafting/3D modeling class during the 2004-2005 school year; as a result, we decided to work on a project jointly, deciding that this would allow us to tackle a more ambitious project.

We disassembled an engine from an old Porsche, precisely measured all of its parts, and modeled them using AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop. Parts were modeled separately and then reassembled into a full assembly and an exploded assembly. This project won First Place, Best of Class, and Best of Show awards from the Alameda County Fair and an Honorable Mention award from the California State Fair.
 
Right: The original Porsche engine, disassembled for modeling.
Left: A view of the assembly model.

A selection of modeled parts.