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ROSSVILLE, IN — Aidex Corporation, Buckeye Educational Systems, DCT Operations, and Desktop Metal will be partnering together in an expanded sprint car racing venture, with driver Cole Bodine behind the wheel. This new partnership comes as the first step towards leading the sprint car racing industry in innovation and implementation of emerging technology. This new car and team will be debuted at the Kokomo Smackdown series of races taking place August 25th‐29th at the Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana.  

DCT Operations was created by Lynn Crow and Kevin Bodine in June of 2019 to provide top‐quality and sustainable operations and equipment for 410 Non‐Winged Sprint Car Racing.  

Kevin Bodine, Co‐Owner of DCT Operations said: “We see this as the start of a great relationship using sprint car racing to provide awareness to all of the small to medium sized industrial component manufacturers of the Desktop Metal technology. We are very excited to partner with Aidex, Buckeye, and Desktop Metal. The idea that we can be a platform to not only bring awareness to the sprint car fans and industrial community, but to also engage our youth in education is fantastic!” Aidex and Buckeye Educational Systems are the Midwest’s premier resource for advanced educational technologies. Operating in a 9 state footprint and early adopters of industry transforming technology, Aidex and Buckeye Educational Systems know about leading the way.  

“We are excited to partner with DCT Operations and their sprint car team in this venture. Aidex and Buckeye Educational Systems have been the Educational Distributor for Desktop Metal since nearly their beginning in 2015. Desktop Metal was founded to address unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to produce 3D metal and composite parts across a wide range of applications and industries. As an educational dealer, we want to bring this technology to our future workforce through our education network. Our goal is to use this platform to get educators and students engaged in the exciting technologies emerging today. There is no better way than to partner this with the high‐octane intensity that sprint car racing provides.”– Lynn Crow said while discussing the partnership of these organizations.       

With solutions for every stage of the manufacturing process ‐ from prototyping and pilot runs to mass production and aftermarket parts – Desktop Metal is reinventing the way engineering teams produce metal and composite parts across a wide range of applications and industries.  

“Aidex and Buckeye Educational Systems, two of our distribution partners, came to Desktop Metal with the unique idea to partner with the DCT Sprint Car team in promoting our world‐class metal 3D printing technology,” said Andrew Clark, Director of Channel Marketing for Desktop Metal. “The reach of grassroots racing has been rapidly growing through live audience events, live streaming, and on social media. We see this as an exciting platform to expand our reach to an even broader pool of potential users, as well as to inspire the next generation of students, engineers, and innovators on the benefits of additive manufacturing 2.0.”

Driver Cole Bodine began racing at age 5 when his father introduced him to quarter midgets. Cole’s love for speed and the will to win always kept him interested in racing, but he never dreamed he’d make a career out of his favorite pastime. Now, he can’t imagine doing anything else.

When asked about this new venture Cole said this: “I am beyond excited for this opportunity that DCT has given me, with the help of Aidex/Buckeye Educational Systems and Desktop Metal. With the help from them we are going to be able to take our team to the next level and be able to compete with the best. Excited to represent these companies for the rest of the year and see what we can do!” ‐ ‐ ‐  Aidex Corporation and Buckeye Educational Systems are the Midwest’s premiere resources of advanced educational technologies, curriculum, and training materials that meet local, state, and national educational and industrial standards. We have made it our mission to identify and bring the latest and most advanced educational technologies from companies around the world so that educators can lead in their classrooms, labs, and communities.