Driving Through the Sonoran Desert

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Leaving Las Vegas, it was time for the Motion Plastics® car and team to head to Arizona to visit more customers!

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Driving from Sin City to Phoenix, the car tour headed south on 93 which runs directly over the Hoover Dam and through a 74 miles stretch of Joshua Trees. This stretch is known as “Joshua Tree Parkway of Arizona”.

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The igus® car driving over the Hoover Dam

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Joshua Trees got their name from Mormon settlers who thought the shape reminded them of the bushy-bearded biblical leader, Joshua.

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The Mormon settlers did not realize at the time the “Joshua Trees” are actually members of the agave family, making them plants.

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Arriving in Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, for only a night, the team decided to take a brief walking tour through the City.

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Phoenix is situated in the Sonoran Desert which is often called the “Valley of the Sun”, known for the clear, sunny skies, hot, dry days and cool nights.

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It also has the most structurally diverse flora in the United States. Giant saguaro cacti, agave plants, and palms trees blanket the desert for hundreds of miles.

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The area is home to mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, rattle snakes, and hundreds of other animals who survive in the extreme desert weather.

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Phoenix also boasts a large number of abstract and figurative sculptures which are scattered through the downtown area, including ceramic tiled murals, figures posing in various dance poses, and a giant suspended vortex which is lit up at night.

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Outside Phoenix the team visited a company that designs and builds laser work stations for medical products.

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The customer is currently using E-Chain®, but had not previously used iglide® or DryLin® products.

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Exploring different options the design team was impressed with the smooth quality of DryLin® N linear slides for automated doors, and also looked into utilizing lead screws on a work Station.

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One customer got creative at a visit and tried our chip clips as earrings. They look good right?

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Continuing to build a positive relationship with this company, the owner said he was interested in using more igus® components in all of their products.

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After a few other visits with customers the car moved onto the next destination; Tucson, Arizona!

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Like Phoenix, Tucson is also located in the Sonora Desert. Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges, and gets an average of 350 days of sunshine a year!

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Visited by the Paleo-Indians up to 12,000 years ago, the city has a strong Native American culture, as well as a strong sense of Mexican influence (located only 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexican border).

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Both cultures play into the artwork, architecture, food, and arts represented in the city, including large outdoor murals and sculptures, tiles, pottery, jewelry stores, museums, and galleries.

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This gives many of the neighborhoods an eclectic vibe which lends itself to delicious food based on the blending heritages represented in the City.

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In Tucson the tour went to visit a company that machines automotive components using materials such as duplex steels, fiberglass and mesh.

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Some mechanical engineers were not very familiar with igus®, and upon seeing the products immediately began to think of new ways to use the variety of products available.

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One mechanical engineer was thrilled to see the flexibility of Triflex® TRE and wanted to test it on some of their robots.

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Meanwhile, the ease with which dryspin® and DryLin® products glide inspired various uses for the different applications engineers were working to develop.

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After visiting more customers near Tucson, the igus® car and team were headed to the next state on the list which is also known as “The Lone Star State”—Texas!

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Thanks for reading,

Kayla & Bridgette