Colder Products Company is a sponsor of the fifth annual Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) that took place in March at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. This intercollegiate design competition, which draws teams from the U.S. and Canada, challenges engineering students to design a snowmobile with noise and emissions that beat those of existing snowmobiles. Colder Products serves as the official supplier of the quick disconnect couplings used to hook up the snowmobiles to cooling, emissions and engine output test cells. For more information and results from the SAE CSC 2004, go to www.sae.org/students/snow.htm.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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