Cornell University students use igubal spherical bearings donated by igus on their first-place Formula SAE racecar

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Igus® Inc., the leading developer of iglide® plastic bearings, Energy Chain Systems® and Chainflex® continuous-flex cables today announced that students from Cornell University used igubal® spherical bearings on the steering assembly of their 2005 Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) racecar. Formula SAE challenges students from around the world to design, build and compete with small, formula-style racing vehicles. The challenge promotes teamwork and dedication among college students, while also providing invaluable engineering experience.

Last May, the Cornell team raced its way into first place with its student-designed and student-fabricated vehicle at the Pontiac Silverdome in Mich., winning its fourth world championship in five years. This is the ninth first-place trophy Cornell has secured since entering the competition in 1987.

The Cornell students chose igubal spherical bearings for the car’s steering system because they are lightweight, durable and easy to replace. Igubal bearings also are self-lubricating and maintenance-free. The team used the donated bearings to compensate for alignment errors and to enable close tolerances with certain steering components.

Evgeni Khasbury, a Cornell Fomula SAE team member, reported, “The igus spherical bearings were durable and easy to maintain, making them a very appealing product.”

At the competition , points were awarded in cost, presentation, design, acceleration, skid-pad, autocross, fuel economy and endurance categories. Cornell scored 906 points out of a possible 1,000, finishing 38 points above its closest competitor.

The 2006 Formula SAE event is scheduled for May 17-18, with Cornell University among the list of registered competitors for the twentieth consecutive year. Igus is a listed product supplier for every SAE collegiate design series, including the Formula SAE, Mini Baja, Aero Design and Supermileage. The company donates its products in conjunction with its Y.E.S. (Young Engineers Support) Program, designed to foster the mechanical design ideas of students who have a passion for engineering. Igus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic bearings and linear guide systems. With more than 28,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide. Product lines include Energy Chain Systems to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex continuous-flex cables, iglide self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin® linear guide systems and igubal spherical bearings.

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