The L.S. Starrett Company (Athol, Massachusetts) is sponsoring the University of Michigan in the North American Solar Challenge, 2009 Infinium. In the challenge, teams from prestigious technical institutions design, build and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country event. This year’s competition occurs this month in Australia.
The University’s solar car team has won five of the last nine first-place trophies in the challenge. To maintain this level of excellence, the team relies on accuracy and precision in every step of the process of engineering and building a vehicle powered solely by the sun.
Starrett donated a variety of precision tools to support the project, including micrometers and slide calipers to ensure machined parts were within the appropriate tolerances. The company’s calipers were used to check dimensions on aluminum, titanium, steel, aramid core and other demanding materials. Other Starrett products used by the team include height gages, measuring tapes, steel rules and more.