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Precision Board Plus helps engineering students build a stronger, lighter snowmobile
University of Utah Engineering students explore the advantages of using new “soft tooling” techniques to quickly design and produce weight saving components with greater structural integrity for their senior project. Layup tools were designed in 3D CAD and CNC milled from Precision Board Plus HDU tooling block, saving time and the expense of alternative tool making processes. The Precision Board layup “plugs” were then used to create reusable production molds to manufacture the carbon/epoxy components integrated into the chassis of the snowmobile.
The result is a 17lb. weight reduction vs. the stock design and improved performance in deep snow and steep terrain. Project conclusion: “the ability to quickly create relatively durable tooling and prototype parts for complex geometries (lends) itself to developing and testing new designs without the need of expensive tooling for initial prototypes.”
Michigan “3 peats” Solar Challenge
The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build and race solar powered cars cross country in a timed rally-style event. Held every summer for the past 20 years in North America, the 1200- 1500 mile event pits some of the world’s best and brightest engineering students in head to head competition.
With the latest victory, the University of Michigan becomes the first team in the history of the Challenge to win three consecutive National Championships. Coastal Enterprises is proud to have assisted the Michigan team in their efforts to advance solar power and renewable energy technology, by donating Precision Board Plus tooling board.
To learn more about the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, you can follow their blog at http://solarcar.engin.umich.edu
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