|April 03, 2012||Volume 08 Issue 13|
|Unit Conversion Tool|
Convert popular spring units such as force, or retaining ring thrust capacities, into metric units with Smalley’s new engineering tool. A simple conversion tool allows for units to be converted such as mass and weight, angular measurements, velocities, temperatures, pressures and densities and more. Additional engineering tools allow engineers to design custom wave springs and Spirolox® retaining rings. Custom designs can be manufactured from .200” to 120”.
Click here for the Smalley conversion tool.
|Hot Wheels goes military!|
Mechanical Mobile Platforms (MMPs), a family of simplified, man-portable robots from Machine Lab Inc., can perform a range of surveillance and bomb-disposal tasks at a price point low enough for wide deployment. The Machine Lab engineering team started out with one overarching design principle: Keep it simple. Powered by compact, economical, high-torque motors from MICROMO, these robots are making an important difference around the world.
Click here to learn about the design of these IED-busting machines.
|World first: 3D printing merges with printed electronics|
What goes together better than peanut butter and jelly?
Well if you are a design engineer hungry for the future of additive manufacturing, mixing 3D printed materials and printed electronics just might come close.
Stratasys and Optomec announced last week that the companies have successfully completed a joint development project to merge 3D printing and printed electronics to create the world’s first fully printed hybrid structure.
Read the full article.
|12 key factors in bellows design|
What do you need to know to design your own custom bellows? The specialists at Servometer have prepared this handy resource for you. Typical bellows applications include: volume compensators, actuators, electrical spring contacts, pressure switches and transducers, flexible shaft couplings, and more.
Read the full article.
|Mike Likes: Bond metals and plastics in seconds|
Ultra Light-Weld 3013 from Dymax is a resilient, low-viscosity, moisture-resistant adhesive designed for rapid bonding to a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates. This solvent-free, worker-friendly product forms high-strength, environmentally resistant bonds for appliance assembly, bond joint and sealing, plastic window bonding, and plastic assembly. It fluoresces blue under low-intensity “black” light, allowing for in-line quality control using optical scanners. Cures in seconds when exposed to ultraviolet and visible light – even through UV-blocked plastics.
Learn more about Dymax Ultra Light-Weld 3013.
|Quick Look: Extreme high-temp accelerometers|
The Endevco model 6240M10 is a hermetically sealed high-temperature piezoelectric charge output accelerometer with continuous operation to +649°C (+1,200°F) and intermittent operation to +760°C (+1400°F). The high reliability of this transducer within such extreme environments makes it ideally suited for aircraft and ground gas-turbine engine vibration monitoring, as well as for exhaust and compression systems and high-temp machinery and equipment.
Learn more about this accelerometer.
|Quick Look: Metric O-rings quick reference chart|
Apple Rubber Products has produced an ISO 3601 Metric Size O-Rings Quick Reference Chart that lists every ISO 3601 metric size O-ring the company supplies. Listed in millimeters, with inside diameters (I.D.) from 0.74 mm to 658.88 mm and cross sections (widths) from 1.02 mm to 6.99 mm, Apple O-Rings are available in six basic materials: Buna-N, Ethylene-Propylene, Silicone, Neoprene, Fluorocarbon, and Fluorosilicone, with other materials available. The company stocks over 300,000,000 O-rings.
Download the chart (pdf).
|Quick Look: SIMOTICS servomotors with three-week lead time|
Siemens Industry is manufacturing and delivering its popular line of SIMOTICS 1FK7 servomotors faster. Using a configurable options menu to build the exact motor required, customers can now place an order for any first-generation 1FK7 servomotor and have it drop-shipped in three weeks. This new service applies to over 100,000 possible configurations. All compact (CT) and high-dynamic (HD) servomotors in the 1FK7 family are included. Options include stall torque and RPM rating, encoder style and bit resolution, holding brake functionality, shaft style, IP rating, AC line supply voltage and electronic nameplate recognition via Drive-Cliq.
Learn more about SIMOTICS servomotors.
|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|How James Cameron's Deepsea Challenger submarine works|
Now that the Titanic and Avatar director has made his 7-mile-deep dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, you may be wondering how the one-man submarine he captained works. Well the BBC's Rebecca Morelle and Simon Hancock interviewed project manager David Wotherspoon to find out.
View the video.