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January 22, 2013Volume 09 Issue 03


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Rogan Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding Capabilities
Rogan Corporation, a full turnkey contract manufacturer of plastic components and assemblies, includes producing injection molded Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) components as a rapidly growing segment of the business. The company is one of a few select manufacturers that also offer Bondable Liquid Silicone Rubber (Bondable LSR) overmolding that is injection molded directly to plastic or metal parts, creating a single integrated component. Utilizing LSR's heat/chemical/shock/vibration resistance and sound dampening, design opportunities include integral seals and gaskets for waterproofing complex geometries and electronic interconnects, integral membranes, diaphragms, valves, and switch covers. (Picture has .008" thick silicone fins bonded to a plastic tube.)

Our state-of-the-art Class 100,000 clean room enables Rogan to meet the increasing demand for LSR molding and assembly for the medical device market.


In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA flyers blend reality and simulation
  • Microdrive solutions: Ocean filming
  • Breakthrough: Electricity on a thread
  • Wheels: LED taillight innovation
  • Mike Likes: Retaining ring removal made easy
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Honeywell 6-D motion sensor
  • Reduce wasted energy in air handling
  • GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • 3D-printed M.C. Escher drawings (not a typo)
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Peel-and-stick solar panels
    • Return of the Stingray: 2014 Corvette C7
    • Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2013
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Materials
    Cover Image: NASA tests Fused Reality flight simulator. [Photo: NASA/Tom Tschida]

News

TRW outlines trends for automotive electronics growth in 2013

Equipment lying in wait: DARPA to launch just-in-time payloads from the bottom of the sea

Army developing next-generation surveillance aircraft

New coating for aluminum developed to replace cancer-causing product



Image - Tiny but tough mini compression springs
Tiny but tough mini compression springs
BANTAM Mini Compression Springs are Lee Spring's unique line of miniature springs. These stock products are offered in wire sizes .0040, .0045, .0050, and .0055 in standard outside diameters of .025, .040, and .057. BANTAM Springs are offered in a range of free lengths from .005 to 0.625 inches. Stock BANTAM Mini Springs are made of Elgiloy, a corrosion-resistant cobalt-nickel alloy known for its high strength (10% stronger than Type 316 Stainless Steel). Great for med devices, aerospace, firearms, automotive, precision instruments, and more.

Click here to learn more about BANTAM Mini Compression Springs.


Feature articles
NASA flyers blend reality and simulation
A new concept called Fused Reality allows a pilot to use a blend of actual flying and a flight environment incorporating both live video and computer-generated virtual reality to provide for the most realistic simulation experience currently available.
Read the full article.

Image - Micro drives stabilize camera set-up during ocean documentary filming
Micro drives stabilize camera set-up during ocean documentary filming
In the rugged environment of the ocean, making brilliant films is far from easy. To shoot the "OCEANS" documentary, French film company "Galatee Films" needed some advances to be made to existing camera technology. The challenge of creating the necessary camera stability to ensure shudder-free images was solved by some clever engineering using several DC motors on the mounting platform.
Read the full article.
Breakthrough: Electricity on a fiber thread
Rice University's latest nanotechnology breakthrough was more than 10 years in the making, but it still came with a shock. Scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force, and Israel's Technion Institute recently unveiled a new carbon nanotube (CNT) fiber that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire.
Read the full article.
Wheels:
Uniform-lighting lens shines new spotlight on LED innovation

Working with supplier 3M, Buick has developed a unique LED taillight design with a soft and uniform red glow in a complex and unique shape. The technology also cuts down on the number of LEDs needed.
Read the full article.

Image - Mike Likes: <br>Spirolox retaining ring removal made easy
Mike Likes:
Spirolox retaining ring removal made easy

Smalley Steel Ring Company has a new tool specifically designed to remove multiple-turn rings. The Spirolox Retaining Ring Removal Tool fits precisely between the ring layers to get at the removal notch. Once the end is in position, you simply pull the ring's free end out radially from the groove and up for removal. Retaining ring removal was never so quick and easy. The tool is available in four standard ends: small-straight, small 90-degree bend, large-straight, and large 90-degree bend. The ends are made to fit a wide variety of notch sizes.
Click here to learn more.
Engineer's Toolbox:
6-dimensional motion sensor enables precise control

A new Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), 6-D Motion Variant, 6DF Series from Honeywell is designed to provide motion, position, and navigational sensing for on- and offroad vehicles from a durable single device over six degrees of freedom.
Click here to learn more.

Image - Reduce wasted energy by 30 to 50 percent in air handling applications
Reduce wasted energy by 30 to 50 percent in air handling applications
NovaTorque's family of Gen2.0 PremiumPlus+ Electronically Commutated Permanent Magnet (ECPM) motors will soon be available in high-speed 3-hp and 5-hp 2,400 rpm (maximum speed 3,600 rpm) models. Also available in 3-hp and 5-hp 1,800-rpm models (maximum speed 2,700 rpm), NovaTorque motors utilize low-cost ferrite magnets in an innovative flux-focusing design to deliver the superior efficiency of rare-earth permanent magnet motors at a price that is competitive with induction motors. Recognized by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in 2011.
Click here to learn more.

Image - Specialty sealants and gaskets: GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials improve surface protection
Specialty sealants and gaskets: GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials improve surface protection
W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials to improve protection against chafing and abrasion in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft surfaces. Surfaces exposed to these environments are subjected to mechanical forces that can result in damage that decreases the strength and life of panels, structures or internal floorboards. The latest addition to the family of GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials, these surface protection materials ensure reliable mechanical performance in the most challenging environments.
Click here to learn more.

Most popular last issue
Researchers create totally viable peel-and-stick solar panels
A decal-like application process allows thin, flexible solar panels to be applied to virtually any surface, from business cards to roofs to window panes.
Read the full article.

Image - Return of the Stingray: 2014 Corvette C7
Return of the Stingray: 2014 Corvette C7
Detroit Auto Show attendees got a first look at the all-new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray this week. The seventh-generation car rolls into Chevrolet dealerships later this year. The Corvette Stingray incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs. A 6.2L LT1 450-hp V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel. Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame are highlights of the materials list. Watch as the car's engineers explain some of the innovations.
View the video.
Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2013 announced: no hybrids, all-electrics, or diesels
For the first time in seven years, the list is comprised entirely of gasoline-powered engines, with no hybrid, all-electric, or diesel powertrains to be found.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Making M.C. Escher's drawings come to life with 3D printing
Is it possible to create 3D objects that represent some of M.C. Escher's head-scratching 2D drawings? Well that is what Prof. Gershon Elber of Israel's Technion's Faculty of Computer Science has done. See the impossible come to life using an Objet 3D printer. Super cool.
View the video.

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