A year of pondering, fiddling, building and testing has paid off. A team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich won two prizes at a time with its tunnel boring machine at the "Not-a-Boring Competition" in Las Vegas: second place and the Design & Innovation Award in the competition organised by Elon Musk! With their "Groundhog Alpha", the 36 students made a resourceful contribution to making the entrepreneur's vision of underground whizzing transport capsules a reality - with a possible drilling speed of about one centimetre per second.
The Swissloop Tunneling team and Klüber Lubrication have one thing in common: the pursuit of promising solutions. That is why employees of the special lubricant manufacturer in Switzerland and the USA have supported the 36 students from ETH Zurich and HSG in many ways. Luca Entremont, production manager of the team, discusses how this sponsorship was received by the young people and what it contributed to their success.