Four NDSU students invent remote controlled snow plow to help fight the battle against winterFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some of you are likely just finishing your snow-blowing, or maybe thinking about leaving it until morning.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some of you are likely just finishing your snow-blowing, or maybe thinking about leaving it until morning - but wait until you see what some brilliant mechanical engineering students have come up with that could one day make your back-breaking snow removal a piece of cake.
We've all heard of remote controlled airplanes, helicopters, and cars, but now, we are talking a change in our culture - A snow plow, which can run without us leaving the house.
It even has a name - introducing, a snow storm's worst enemy: Thundar. It's senior project of 4 NDSU Mechanical Engineering students. When you get a sizable snowfall like this to see it work so well, it is gratifying.
Clay Feldner/NDSU Student: “It is a relief to see that everything functions the way we designed it for.”
It pushes and moves snow like the big boys. All a product of imagination. Students who took on the challenge of robotics, motors, chains and months of planning, design and building the snow warrior.
Mark Canton - NDSU Student: “Pretty excited about it a whole year working hard on it so I am thrilled.”
Now the student designed plow weighs about 600 pounds and will go through 4-6 inches of snow like a hot knife through butter; 300 foot pounds of torque.
Mick Stousland - NDSU Student: “The focus of this was so people with disabilities have a means to do that in an efficient way.”
Eventually, this remote controlled plow will go solo, just like our new combines and cars. It's all thanks to GPS.
These young men graduate in a few day, and they will just need to figure out what offer to take. Down the road they can look back at that first invention, the snow plow that earned them an A and a whole lot of respect from those who would love to have it in their garage...right about now.
These kids got a grant from the National Science Foundation to help design and build the snow plow as a way to see if elderly and the disabled may benefit from an invention like this.