Diversified Machine Systems Teams Up with CU Boulder Students for Shell Eco-Marathon Americas Challenge

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Engineering students from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Diversified Machine Systems team up to collaborate on impressive eco-friendly vehicle for the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Challenge held in Detroit, Michigan.

CU Boulder Engineering Students Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), a U.S.-based Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of 3 Axis CNC & 5 Axis CNC Routers and Large Format Machining Centers recently collaborated with a team of engineering students from the University of Colorado-Boulder in order to assist in the development of an eco-friendly vehicle in an effort to break records pertaining to vehicle fuel efficiency.

While brainstorming different types of materials that would make their vehicle the most fuel-efficient in driving the farthest distance using the least amount of energy, the students decided on extruded polystyrene, a rigid plastic foam commonly used in construction and engineering applications. A few team members brought the material to the DMS World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, where it was machined on one of the company's impressive 3 Axis CNC Routers. Using the extruded polystyrene, along with other materials such as carbon fiber and PETG plastic, the students designed and executed a high-efficiency vehicle run on gasoline. The team of engineering students, as well as another 5-person team from the university, traveled all the way to Detroit, Michigan in an effort to break records and compete against other student-designed vehicles at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Challenge.

A global competition that was started in 1985, this year marks the 9th anniversary of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Challenge. Students from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America compete to build the most fuel-efficient car, which must travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. There are two different groups in which vehicles are categorized, gasoline or ethanol. The students had to race 7 laps around a .9 mile track, for a total of 6.3 miles. Shell then measures the vehicle's fuel consumes and the fuel efficiency is calculated based on that.

With more than 100 schools and over 144 teams competing in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Challenge, the gasoline team from the University of Colorado at Boulder took 8th place with 889 MPG.

Learn more about Diversified Machine Systems at http://www.DMSCNCRouters.com.


Diversified Machine Systems (DMS) is a leading designer and manufacturer of 3 Axis CNC Routers, 5 Axis CNC Machine Centers, and Large Format Machine Centers headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. With more than 30 years of innovation and industry experience as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), DMS’ line of CNC routers and machining centers are routinely used on materials such as wood, composites, aluminum, plastics and foams. Renowned for quality and precision, DMS advanced machining centers are engineered to increase efficiency and productivity, while maintaining the quality and precision leading manufacturers have come to expect.

Diversified Machine Systems was named a 2014 Colorado Company to Watch and was also recognized with the 2013 Regional Business Alliance Excellence in Manufacturing Award.

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