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September 10, 2013Volume 09 Issue 34


Image - New Full Line Catalog -- Full of New Fasteners
New Full Line Catalog -- Full of New Fasteners
Micro Plastics introduces its new catalog #39. With 290 pages of nylon fastener items, 12 new product lines, and over 500 new items added. Contents include: standard and metric machine screws, cap screws, nuts, washers, spacers, insulators, grommets, bushings, rivets, hole plugs, clamps, printed circuit board accessories, suspended ceiling hooks, and wire routing kits. FREE samples are available upon request.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Is bigger better for golf driver heads?
  • Better bosses for injection molding
  • 30 percent faster: Hollow-core optical fiber
  • Wheels: Stronger regulations, more lightweighting
  • Mike Likes: MultiLEDs for auto interiors
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Pressure regulators basics
  • Minimize parts count with self-clinching fasteners
  • Scan and design in the same program
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Super silicon sensor aims to detect explosives
    • Customizable LED displays for bike wheels
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wireless devices go battery-free
    • Wheels: 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck design
    • FEA aids Deepwater Horizon failure forensics
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Software
    Cover Image: Siemens NX Flow software creates better golf drivers

News

Researchers explore key factors for wireless power transfer

Ford's 3D dirt detection technology rewrites paint finish process

BAE systems completes 2,000 miles of hybrid ground combat vehicle testing

After PowerFLOW simulations, funky Peugeot Sport racecar sets world record time at Pikes Peak



Feature articles

Image - Is bigger better? Not always when it comes to golf driver heads
Is bigger better? Not always when it comes to golf driver heads
Engineers at Adams Golf talk about the reasoning behind their development of the company's successful Speedline driver line in 2009 and how using NX Flow software from Siemens PLM Software in new-generation models has changed their engineering game and radically sped up their time to market.
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Image - Building better bosses for injection molding
Building better bosses for injection molding
In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert, or as the locator for a mating pin on another part. But because of its function, a boss must have sufficient strength to do its job.
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Image - 30 percent faster: <br>DARPA's new hollow-core optical fiber to enable high-power military sensors
30 percent faster:
DARPA's new hollow-core optical fiber to enable high-power military sensors

Although hollow-core fiber has been available from overseas suppliers for years, DARPA's ongoing Compact Ultra-Stable Gyro for Absolute Reference (COUGAR) program, led by Honeywell International researchers, has brought design and production capacity inside the United States and developed it to a level that exceeds the state of the art.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Automotive engineers see stronger regulations, more lightweighting on the horizon
Wheels:
Automotive engineers see stronger regulations, more lightweighting on the horizon

With automotive regulations governing fuel economy and CO2 emissions being discussed in Europe and the United States, nearly half of automotive engineers predict those regulations will strengthen, according to a WardsAuto and DuPont survey conducted in late July. The survey results also show the value for lightweighting vehicles to help meet targets is increasing, and that every system in the vehicle is a candidate for reduced mass.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>MultiLEDs give automobile designers almost every blue color imaginable
Mike Likes:
MultiLEDs give automobile designers almost every blue color imaginable

Thanks to the very wide blue color range of the new RGB MultiLED from Osram Opto Semiconductors, lighting designers have a virtually unlimited choice of colors for ambient lighting, including customer-specific colors. The main feature of the new MultiLED is a very broad blue color range with a wavelength of 447 to 476 nanometers (nm) and high brightness. Deep saturated blue tones can now be produced thanks to the use of three LED chips in red, green, and blue (RGB). Other properties of the MultiLED, such as its integrated ESD (electrostatic discharge) protective diode (2 kV), its improved corrosion resistance, and its long-time market availability, make these LEDs ideal for use in automobiles. The MultiLED was developed specifically for applications in the automotive sector and meets all the requirements of an automotive certified component. Rev up your designs for speedometers and RPM indicators, infotainment and GPS displays, backlighting for switches, and accent, ambient, and trim lighting.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>The basics of pressure regulators
Engineer's Toolbox:
The basics of pressure regulators

Pressure regulators are found in many common home and industrial applications. Learn all about their functions, selection criteria, installation, and more in this in-depth article from Beswick Engineering.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Minimize parts count with self-clinching fasteners
Product Spotlight:
Minimize parts count with self-clinching fasteners

PEM Types PF50 and PF60 self-clinching captive panel screws from PennEngineering keep hardware parts count to a minimum by integrating a captive screw in a spring-loaded assembly to promote easy and efficient handling and installation. Their permanent mounting in thin metal assemblies eliminates any risks associated with loose hardware that could fall out, get lost, or misplaced -- and potentially cause damage to internal components. These low-profile, steel fastener solutions ideally suit panels, covers, drawers, racks, and other access points where secure attachment and subsequent access is necessary. These captive panel screws can be tightened or loosened simply using a Phillips screwdriver (a Torx recess can be specified). Their large heads (knurled or smooth knobs, depending on type) allow for operation by hand without tools.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Scan and design in the same program with Geomagic Design Direct
Product Spotlight:
Scan and design in the same program with Geomagic Design Direct

Geomagic Design Direct (formerly Geomagic Spark) is the only 3D software that combines a live 3D scanning interface, built on Geomagic's robust 3D point and mesh editing platform, with a comprehensive direct modeling package, built on the innovative SpaceClaim platform. In addition, Geomagic Design Direct includes powerful assembly modeling and 2D drawing capabilities. The result is an intuitive and powerful product that will allow CAD experts and CAD novices alike to create models for conceptualization, prototyping, manufacturing, or documentation easily and in one complete package. The software's direct modeling CAD environment relies on a gesture-based user interface, a simple push/pull toolset, and a familiar ribbon-based GUI. Now, users can skillfully create accurate, manufacturable solid models and assemblies using scan and CAD data in the same application within minutes, even from partial scan data.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique
Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique
We might be one step closer to an Internet-of-things reality. University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.
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Image - Wheels:<br> Hay farmer heads 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck development
Wheels:
Hay farmer heads 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck development

Mike Sweers is living the dream of every kid who was raised in farm country: He gets paid to create trucks. Sweers, who still runs an active hay farm in Northern Michigan, has used his mechanical engineering degree, and life experiences as a farmer, to aid him as the chief engineer of Toyota pickup trucks.
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Image - FEA aids Deepwater Horizon failure forensics
FEA aids Deepwater Horizon failure forensics
On the evening of April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon suffered a blowout while drilling in the Macondo Prospect, an area in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana. The platform caught fire, and two days later, it sank. Eleven crewmen were killed. The spewing oil caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. In this article, engineers use Abaqus Finite Element Analysis to do some of the detective work concerning what went so terribly wrong with the rig's blowout preventer stack.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Super silicon sensor aims to detect explosives
Using silicon to fabricate a sensor, scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a technology that may revolutionize the way trace chemical detection is conducted. The small, portable, lightweight, low-power, super powerful sensor could be distributed to warfighters in the field and to security personnel at airports across the globe. It uses a unique 3D architecture to maximize the surface area of the sensor.
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Bright ideas: Customizable LED displays
for bike wheels

"What's the world's most advanced bicycle light display?" Well funny you should ask. A little company called MonkeyLectric just outside San Francisco thinks they have created it, and from the looks of their recent Kickstarter campaign (626 backers for $220,293), they're onto something. "Light up the road and share your message with the world!" they say. You can download images and animations to the Monkey Light Pro wheel units and display them while you ride. Make your own graphics, or choose from a collection of custom artwork. There's nothing like turning your cruiser bike wheel into a party sign if you feel like it -- or just 'cause you can. One wheel will set you back $660. Both wheels are $1,190. Whew! Two cheaper models with fewer features and LEDs are available from MonkeyLectric for $39.99 (M210) and $59.99 (M232) per wheel on Amazon. Now that sounds more like it. Either way, I think I know what I'm asking for when the holidays roll around.
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