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January 2019 Newsletter
January 1, 2019 (Newsletters)

Speedy Metals SPEEDY METALS NEWS
January 1, 2019. Issue #501.

FROM THE BLOG...

New Year's Sale

New Year's Sale

From January 1-4, 2019, save:

  • 15% off orders over $100 with code 15FOR2019
  • 25% off orders over $200 with code 25FOR2019
  • 30% off orders over $300 with code 30FOR2019
Steam engineModel Steam Engines

Joe used the metal he purchased from Speedy to build model steam engines, which will run on compressed air until he builds his next project - a boiler.
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Hyperloop podHyperloop Pod

Scott Leonard of rLoop used the metal they got from Speedy to build two prototypes for their entry to the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.
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FIRE SALE...

flat 1-1/2" x 4" 303 Stainless Flat, 28" Long. On Sale for $206.74.

Rectangle Tube 2" x 4" x .120" 304 Stainless Steel Rectangle Tube 36" Long. On Sale for $69.89.

Rectangle Tube 2" x 4" x .120" 304 Stainless Steel Rectangle Tube, 70" Long. On Sale for $135.37.

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CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT...

This month, we're featuring a V4 gas engine that customer Jerry Jezierski built, almost entirely from raw stock.

V4 Engine

He says: "I am building V4 gas engine designed by Jerry Howell. It is a 4 cycle gas engine, 39CC, .875 bore. I have been working on it for two years and have a little more to go. It is completely fabricated from raw stock. The only purchased parts are nuts and screws, ball bearings, "O" rings and spark plugs."

Want to see your work featured here? Send us an email at newsletter@speedymetals.com.

You can also check out other great customer projects on our blog or on our Facebook page.

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING...

Just wanted to let you know that I just got my latest order and say thank you! I am a hobby-type machinist so my orders are relatively small, but I feel like I am treated like some major corporate account! Your selection and pricing is fantastic, but your shipping is unbelievably fast. Thank you again and keep up the great work."
-Jim

DID YOU KNOW...?

Did you know that scientists have just moved one step closer to developing an aluminum ion battery?

You probably know about lithium-ion batteries - they're in everything from your cell phone to your cordless drill to the Mars Curiosity Rover. Our world would have a pretty hard time functioning without them! But they do have their drawbacks - they're expensive, have safety concerns, and (as anyone whose cell phone has started dying faster and faster knows) they have limited cycle life.

lithium ion battery

So, scientists have been looking for a way to create a battery using aluminum ions. Aluminum ion batteries would theoretically have many advantages over lithium ion batteries - aluminum is abundant, and thus inexpensive compared to lithium, and it has multiple redox states, and thus one of the highest theoretical volumetric capacities.

However, there was a fundamental problem: scientists could not find an appropriate host electrode for the complex aluminum ions.

aluminum becomes an ion
Source: http://www.physics-chemistry-class.com/chemistry/formation-ion.html

Now, a team of scientists led by UNSW Sydney's Dr. Dong Jun Kim have discovered a solution:

"We found a novel way to design rechargeable aluminium batteries by employing a redox-active macrocyclic compound as the active material"

In words the rest of us can understand, "Dr. Kim and his team managed to use a large organic chemical compound as the part of the battery that stores energy".

It will still be some time before this technology sees a practical application, but some day in the future, your devices may very well be powered by aluminum.

Source: https://techxplore.com/news/2018-12-aluminium-ion-batteries.html

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