Thank You From Ohio Northern’s SAE Baja Racing Team

We were happy to support Ohio Northern’s SAE Baja team with a donation of varying diameters of 6-4 and 662 round bar. We look forward to seeing how their team and vehicle performs in the upcoming competitions!

Performance Titanium Group,

The Ohio Northern SAE Baja Team would like to thank Performance Titanium Group for their outstanding support of our team for the 2018-19 year. PTG has allowed us to explore the advantages and challenges that are associated with advanced materials such as Titanium. This year was our team’s first experience with using Titanium for components on the car. PTG was kind enough to donate several round blanks of their Ti 6Al-6V-2Sn and 6Al-4V alloys that were used for making gears. Utilizing Titanium’s superior strength to weight ratio, we were able to reduce rotational weight and moment of inertia, while maintaining sufficient strength. These gears are 45% percent lighter than our steel set, resulting in over 4lbs of weight loss in our gears from last year to this year. 

In addition to the many benefits that are associated with using Titanium over steel, some challenges were encountered along the way. The most prominent of these challenges was learning how to machine it. During our first time turning Titanium, we got the tooling and chips so hot they started to glow! Thus, we discovered Titanium’s poor heat dissipation and learned that coolant is an absolute must when machining it. However, after some research and trial and error, we figured out pretty well how to machine it by adjusting feeds/speeds/depth of cut.

In the coming weeks, the ONU Baja Team will be competing at the SAE sanctioned Baja race in Tennessee, where we are eager to see the benefit the Titanium gears will provide. Additionally, ONU will be competing in SAE races in California and New York this year.

Thank you again for supporting our team! – Polar Bear Racing

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Material Donation to Michigan Baja Racing for Spring 2019

Michigan Baja Racing Team & Car Photo

The Michigan Baja Racing Team and their yet to be named vehicle.

We’ve been happy to support the Michigan Baja Racing Team since 2015. We’ve seen them face great success over the years with their student designed and built vehicles. Once again we were able to support the team this year with a material donation of 662 titanium round bar. As they gear up for competition starting in April, I was able to check in with Jeremiah Johnson, Manufacturing Director, to see how the titanium was used and how they feel about the upcoming competitions:

662 Titanium Round Bar

662 Titanium Round Bar Donated by PTG.

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Thank you letter from Michigan Baja Racing Team

2018 Michigan Baja Racing Team at the unveiling of the 2018 race car.

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Material Donation to Pennsylvania College of Technology

We were approached by a student at Penn State who asked for titanium material donations to experiment with in their Engineering class. We were happy to be able to support and we wanted to share their letter of gratitude as well as some pictures from the students!

A student attempting to successfully produce a weld with an acceptable oxide color using only basic supplies (aluminum foil and gas lens). This helps take away some of the stigma associated with welding Ti, and shows that as long as you abide by a few simple rules you can produce excellent results without needing a purge chamber.

This photo was captured after the student had finished welding a few stringer beads with varying levels of success. They are also encouraged to test the limits of cleanliness, shielding flow rate, travel speed, etc. to see the impact on the weld surface so they are able to troubleshoot and diagnose issues later.

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SDSU Aztec Electric Racing Team

We are so excited for the opportunity to sponsor a local racing team this year. We were able to talk to the team President, Greg Sawvelle, about the process leading up to the competition as well as get some pictures of the car being built! Looking forward to seeing the finished product next month!

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Michigan Baja Racing Team – 2017 Sponsorship

We’ve been able to support University of Michigan’s Baja SAE Racing Team for a second year with a donation of titanium. This year they will be competing in Gorman, CA; Pittsburg, KS; and Peoria, IL.

PTG: Your team did really well in the 2016 competitions – you placed 1st in two of the competitions and 4th in the other. Congratulations! What do you think contributed most to your success? And how will you use that success to help you in this year’s competitions? [Read more…]

Pennsylvania College of Technology – Baja SAE Racing Team

This spring, we had the opportunity to support PCT’s Baja SAE racing team with a donation of titanium for their vehicle. We interviewed Clinton Bettner, Team Captain, to see how their vehicle fared in this year’s competitions. [Read more…]

Michigan Baja Racing Team

Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to sponsor Michigan Baja Racing Team. They compete with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Baja, which is a student competition wherein the teams each build and race a single seat off-road vehicle. We were able to interview Justin Lopas, Team Captain, for insight into the team and competition. [Read more…]

Titan – Combat Robot by Team Xenos

In March, PTG was able to provide 6AL-4V, 0.125” sheet and 0.5” plate to Team Xenos, a combat robotics team from Akron STEM High School. They’ve now finished their competition for the year and were able to share some follow-up comments, photos, and a video of their robot Titan:

“Team Xenos would like to thank you for everything PTG did to help with funding the robot. This year we had some trouble finding funds to finish this off, and without your help we would have never finished.

Your Titanium held up extremely well, even when other parts of the robot may not have. While most robot’s baseplates were completely destroyed, it took two competitions and seven fights for your bottom plate to even begin to bend. Even after all the fights the weapon went through, it never bent either. The closest it came was the knife-sharp point on the tip of it beginning to chip.
We received many compliments on our drive system, and it would never have turned out as well without your help.”

Watch the short video below to see Titan in action:

We are looking forward to seeing how this team progresses and what they will design for next year!
To find out more about Team Xenos and read about their robot Titan, visit: http://teamxenos.weebly.com/titan.html

Team Spyder and FIRST Robotics

We have had the absolute pleasure of working with one of our local FIRST Robotics teams, Team Spyder. When we first contacted Team Spyder last year, they were quick to bring their robot out to do a demonstration for us – we were amazed by the knowledge and ability of these students!

In April, we went to see Team Spyder compete at the San Diego Regionals, where they won several awards and placed 6 out of 58. Pretty impressive!

We got in touch with Philip Thomas (Team President) and Kent Roberts (Mechanical Lead and Drive Team Coach) to give us a behind the scenes look into Team Spyder and the FIRST Robotics program.

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CAD rendering of Team Spyder’s robot.

PTG: Philip, tell us a little bit about the team.

Philip: Team Spyder is the Poway High School Robotics Team. The team started as an engineering club, but in time developed into a robotics club with participation in the First Robotics Competition. The team’s first year in FRC was in 2004, with only seven members. That year, Team Spyder won the highest rookie seed award, and developed a reputation for learning and success.

Over the years, Team Spyder has grown to be one of the largest clubs at Poway High with 63 current members. Our vision is to inspire engineering throughout the community, and our mission is to create a culture of engineering inspiration throughout the community. Team Spyder works towards its mission and vision through demonstrations, attending city council meetings, and hosting and assisting multiple STEM competitions, fairs, and events throughout San Diego.

Team Spyder is a club that not only teaches students about the principles of engineering, but also cultivates a passion for leadership, dedication, and success. Team Spyder is about inspiring students to tackle the challenges of the future, and encouraging them to make a difference within the STEM fields. However, Team Spyder not only encompasses its student members. The team is also composed of the many adult mentors and volunteers who give their time and knowledge for the team, and the many companies, corporations, and foundations that sponsor and donate to the team. Without their help, Team Spyder would not be the success it is today.

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