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The yes Program is designed to foster the mechanical design ideas of those with a passion for engineering - whether you are a high school or college student, university professor, or team mentor. The program's goal is to support the design ideas of students and educate them on the merits and benefits of plastic components. Product donations are available to students and robotics competitions across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
This summer, 18 students from Montreal competed from other student engineering teams from around the world, racing their wind-powered vehicles against the wind’s force at the prestigious Racing Aeolus Den Helder, held in Holland. Club Chinook ÉTS, from the Étole de Technologie Supérieure, a part of the University of Québec system, took first place in the competition, crushing world-records in the process. Team Chinook’s wind-turbine powered vehicle, which was built entirely by the students, even some 3D printed parts, was able to utilize 96.91% of the wind’s force to travel against the wind at top speed. The team won a total of 4 awards, including 1st place at Racing Aeolus, fastest race, and the first ever Gerhard Broers Innovation award, given to the team that uses the most sophisticated construction of their vehicle. The design of wind-powered vehicles comes from a growing demand for alternatives offered by renewable and sustainable energy sources to gradually replace fossil fuels. Chinook holds a strong belief in technical innovations, teamwork, ambition, and passion, all of which characterize their team. In Chinook’s vehicle, students utilized igus parts they received from the yes Program, including DryLin T low profile linear guides, and Chainflex continuous-flex cables. These products were donated to the team by the yes Program, which supports student engineers and their mentors across North America.
Last week, igus® attended the FIRST® Robotics Regional Championships in Boston, MA, at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. igus® was lucky enough to be able to speak with teams in their “shops” set up in rows on one half of the arena’s basketball court, while the competition field filled the other.
Student teams and their coaches and mentors were working diligently to ensure their robots were ready for the “Aerial Assist” themed competition, where the student designed/built robots are required to collect or catch large balls, then shoot them through a number of targets for points.
While walking through the aisles, we were able to spot igus® components on a number of robots, and after asking teams, we found even more igus® parts hidden within. Justin Foss, a mentor for team #558 from New Haven CT said that his team is a big fan of igus®, “We always use igus® in pivots,” he explained while his team worked behind him; “we use them every year, we never use metal.” he said.
While many teams use igus® from year to year in pivoting applications, some found igus® parts to play a more crucial role in their robotic design. Luke Yost, a student on FRC Team #811 showed the points on his team’s robot that are utilizing igus®’ igubal® self-aligning bearings in its catapult system, “Without these parts we wouldn’t have a launcher!” And in competition where launching equals points, igubal® has really been a game-changer.
Josh Keaton, a coach for team #4925 helped his team design their robot, but they were struggling to find a way to create a specific linear movement. Keaton was debating using a drawer slide when his team’s kit of parts donated by igus® was rummaged through, and Keaton asked “is that a slide system?!” The DryLin® linear slide helped the team’s robot move as designed, and according to the team “it works great!”
igus® donates kits of parts to all teams participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition each year, being named a Crown Supplier for the competition in 2014. We are looking forward to attending the World Championships next week in St. Louis, Missouri!
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