Category Archives: Sponsorships

Team Hare Sponsorship – What is the Drivetrain?

(Last modified: March 22nd, 2019)

This week we caught up with Team Hare 19  to see how things are taking shape this season, and in particular what the drivetrain team are working on at the moment- Team HARE’s drivetrain team are responsible for the configuration of the drive method between the engine and wheels, as well as the gear shifting method. They had this to say,

“This year’s aim for the drivetrain team is to ensure an efficient and reliable gear shifting method. Decision was made to utilise a mechanically hand activated gear shifter as this would drastically reduce overall weight and packaging. Current focus is made to maximise feel in the gear shifter. Numerous components have been designed to ensure minimum deflection of the push pull cable when it is in motion.”

The drivetrain is not a part of the engine, it is the system of component parts from the transmission to the wheels- the system of transferring the power from transmissionright through to the clutch, gears and differential to the axles and wheels; basically, everything beyond the transmission concerned with propelling the car forward!

A simplified explanation of the drivetrain.

 

As part of our sponsorship of Team Hare, this week we would like to showcase two members of Team Hare with overall responsibility for the drivetrain.

Ben Tripp. Drivetrain Team Leader

 

 As the Drivetrain Team Leader, Ben Tripp has overall responsibility for ensuring everything within the drivetrain system works and oversees the rest of the drivetrain team.

Ben  is a student from Cambridge currently on the Mechanical Engineering MEng course at the University of Huddersfield.

 

 

 

 

Stefanos Savva. Drivetrain Team Manager

 

As the Drivetrain Team Manager, Stephanos Savva has responsibility for ensuring the drivetrain parts are in optimum working condition and replacing or repairing parts if modifications are necessary.

Stephanos  is also studying for his Mechanical Engineering MEng at the University of Huddersfield.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to keep up to date with our sponsorship of Team Hare 19!

 

 

metals4U sponsor Team Hare for Formula Student 2019.

(Last modified: March 19th, 2019)

 

Many of you that follow metals4U on social media, or regularly read our blogs, will know that we like to get involved in supporting emerging new talent – particularly when it embraces the next generation of metal workers. We are always interested in how people use metal in engineering and creative projects which is why we are thrilled to add a new sponsorship project to our portfolio.

For 2019, metals4U are Gold tier sponsors of Team HARE; a talented group of students from the University of Huddersfield that are participating in the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) Formula Student competition.

Team Hare university of Huddersfield/metals4U

This annual competition entails students from automotive, motorsport, mechanical, and electronic engineering disciplines designing and building a single seat race car prototype. Student teams from all around the world compete in a series of tasks and challenges to earn themselves a place at Silverstone in July.

Throughout the competition, a robust testing process assesses the validity of the car build to culminate in a series of static and dynamic test events held over several days at Silverstone. The team must also work through a series of tasks over several months to produce data on different elements of the vehicle build with harsh point penalties incurred for missing a submission deadline. This competition is not for the faint hearted, the standards are high and the scrutiny on all aspects of the team endeavour is monumental.

Simon Roberts Team Hare

Simon Roberts: Team Principal

The team is made up of 22 students led by Simon Roberts, a 23-year-old Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng student.

Simon has been involved with Team Hare for the last 4 years and is really rising to the challenge of being Team Principal this year by taking overall responsibility for  Hare 2019, health and safety, and organising sponsorship and fundraising to ensure the project is  well-supported and sustainable. Simon’s final year project involved him making a bold attempt to turbo-charge the current Hare 19 engine.

 

 

 

Over the coming months we will be sharing much more detail and insight into the progress of the team and the car. To make sure you are always up to date on metals4U news make sure to follow us on Social media.

If you would like to look at the team progress so far, check out the Team Hare Facebook page here.

Want to see a master at work?

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

Imagine you received a mystery delivery of steel and copper, and had 24 hours in a blacksmith’s workshop to create something cool. What would you do?

That’s the challenge we set YouTuber, blacksmith and all-round entertainer, Alec Steele. Though Alec being Alec, he said he didn’t need 24 hours to create something awesome as he could do it in just 12!

It turns out he was right.

Check out the video below to see what he made.


If Alec has inspired you to get into blacksmithing, or put your existing skills to use creating a sculpture of your own, metals4U has got you covered.

Visit our blacksmith page for all the tools and supplies you could ever need for your project.

Also, be sure to follow Alec on YouTube to see more amazing creations.

Robot Wars reboots for 2017

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

And defending champion Apollo is taking no prisoners!

Roboteers stand by, Robot Wars is back on our televisions this year for an explosive second season. Summer 2016 brought the series back with a bang on BBC 2, and we couldn’t get enough. From Razer to Matilda, the starting line-up of house robots brought a real sense of nostalgia to fans of the 90’s show. Along with a remarkably familiar arena we were on the edge of our seats every time we heard the word ‘activate’.

After 53 adrenaline-pumping battles over six shows, it came down to Carbide vs. Apollo. Carbide had wreaked havoc in the arena, managing to take out a steel wall and halt play while engineers repaired it. And Apollo had sent the house robots into orbit with its ‘flipper’ on more than one occasion. It was definitely a battle too close to call even for their biggest fans!

After a tense final battle both robots resisted destruction, even with the roaring fire pit and house robots on the war path! It came down to a vote from the judges. It was a unanimous decision and Apollo was crowned the winner.

Team Apollo Win

Team MAD who built Apollo are now back for more robot blood in season two. The team of three who met at a Pontins holiday camp, are all from a non-engineering background and were thrilled to have ‘flipped’ their way to victory. Excited to come back and defend their title, they will be working hard to finesse their 107 kg creation.

With a name taken from a NASA spacecraft and a flipper that ‘launches’ 100kg robots into the air, it’s not surprising that a lot of metal is needed to keep Apollo looking shipshape. Huge fans of the show, we’re proud to sponsor the team and help Team MAD defend their title. We’ll be providing all the metal needed to bring Apollo back from the brink of destruction promised by the fierce battles ahead. Dave Young and his team mates can’t wait to have us on board:

“We are delighted to be working with Metals4U, the metal that they are supplying us will form the build of a new Apollo for the future. Apollo’s strength has always been strong armour and is one thing that helped us win Robot Wars. Metals4U will be helping us make sure that our future project is as strong as ever!”

Make sure you tune into BBC 2 to catch all the action this season!  Plus, keep up with the latest news from camp Apollo and Robot Wars on the Metals4U blog.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park sponsorship

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

We’re always looking for ways to support initiatives that have a real impact on the community, that’s why we’re proud to announce our new partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park. They challenge, inspire and delight 400,000 visitors a year, including 48,000 learning visits. If you want to see metal used in an innovative way, this is the place to go. They’ve won heaps of awards for their beautiful exhibitions set in picturesque Yorkshire – and it’s easy to see why.

Photo courtesy of http://www.ysp.co.uk/

The first project we’ll be supporting will be leading metalwork artist Brian Fell’s workshops this autumn. He’ll be running a two day course at YSP with his colleague Owen Cunningham, presenting metal as a versatile and creative material.

The workshops are designed to meet all levels, attendees will see metals in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses. With sheet steel and steel bars, round and square, there’s plenty of opportunities for participants to gain new skills and grow their creativity.

In his sculptures Brian uses cold forging, where the metal isn’t heated but cut and welded, then shaped with hammers or vices. It makes for beautifully intricate detailing and intriguing shapes. During the course, Brian will share his extensive knowledge on the history of sculpture and techniques in cold and furnace forging.  There’ll also be a demonstration of tools, machines and what they can achieve.

Metals4U’s Wetherby branch will be supplying all the metal for these workshops and look forward to seeing the creations that come out of it. To hear more about what’s on at YSP including this workshop, keep your eye on the website: http://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/this-season

Go for gold Stephen!

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

There’s excitement in the air here at Metals4U! The William Hill World Darts Championship is finally here and everyone’s rooting for our new sponsorship Stephen Bunting in his upcoming match. The nail biting darts competition will start on the 17th December, with the winner being announced 3rd January. The action starts at Alexandra Palace, London and will be airing on the Sky Sports Darts channel.

It seems we’re not the only ones backing Stephen to top the charts in the competition this year. St. Helen’s legend, comedian Johnny Vegas was on hand to give him a pep talk to show his support and we couldn’t agree more:

“If I see you a year from now and you’re not holding a trophy, we’re going to fall out. None of that ‘oh it wasn’t my day’- make it your day. I know what you’re capable of.”

Give the full speech a watch here.

We’re very proud to sponsor up and coming player Stephen Bunting and will be supporting him all the way to the final. A huge good luck from all here at Metals4U!

Watch our interview with Stephen below:

To mark the occasion we’re also launching a competition where one lucky fan will be walking away with a waterproof Dickies Parka coat. Perfect for the winter months ahead.

All you have to do to win is retweet this post and follow @Metals4U and @SBunting180. You’ve got to be in it to win it, remember the competition closes 21stDecember.

Competition winner will be chosen at Metals4U’s discretion.

 

We’ve hit the bull’s eye with our new partnership.

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

Here at Metals4U, apart from metal of course, there’s nothing we love more than a day at the darts. So when we were looking for someone to sponsor it was clear to us who to target! We’re very happy to announce our new partnership with up and coming darts player Stephen Bunting.

A family guy from Liverpool, this English darts player is one to watch. He’s quickly grown into a tour favourite and is described by some as a rising star. Nick named ‘The Bullet’ he always hits his target and has the trophies to prove it!

Winner of the British Teenage Open and the World Youth Masters at the age of just 15, he’s now competing in tournaments worldwide against some of the best in the business. Most recently he’s added World Masters Winner 2012, England Open Winner 2013, Mariflex Open Winner 2013 and UK Open Qualifier Winner 2014 to his extensive list of achievements in the darts world.

We couldn’t wait to get him in the Metals4U store and give him a taste of who we are and what we stand for. A great day for all involved. We also had a special surprise for Stephen, we introduced him to his Metals4U doppelganger Shane! Take a look at the photo we snapped of the two stood side by side!

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He’s very well respected in the world of darts and by those here at Metal’s4U. Many have tipped him to win the World Championship in the next few years and we’re proud to say we will be there to support him all the way!

Metal’s 4 U Sponsered Seven Club’s Shoe-Box Racing Night

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

The Pre-war Austin Seven Club’s Shoe-Box Racing Night was a great success. With a fantastic turnout of 52 spectators, coupled with new awards to make 2013’s event a vintage year. The Metals4u Novelty Award was won by Terry Johnson for the Penelope Pitstop Limo.

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The technical award went to Stewart Ulph for Brooklands Blown, with the Concours d’Elegance going to Christine Duggleby for Chris’s Cracker. The Main Event was won by Cliff Ringrose with Cliff’s Hanger after a gruelling four runs. The PWA7 Club is delighted with the success of the evening and would like to thank all who attended. You can follow all the activities of the PWA7 club here.