Members of The University of Toledo Chem-E Car Team recently showcased their chem-e-car that took first place at a national competition in November to Tony Howell, far right, vice president of manufacturing at Formlabs Ohio, an alumnus of the UToledo chemical engineering program. The chem-e-car was built using a Formlabs 3D printer and resin.
The UToledo team took first place in the 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Student Conference Chem-E Car Competition in Boston, competing against more than 20 universities worldwide.
The goal of the chem-e car competition is to create a shoebox-sized car powered by a chemical reaction that will travel a target distance and stop accurately by a chemical reaction.
The target distance during the competition was 21.05 meters, and their chem-e car, named Zinc-asaurus Rex because it’s propelled forward by a homemade zinc nickel oxyhydroxide alkaline battery, stopped just 10 centimeters from the target distance to seize the victory in the international chem-e car competition.