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November 19, 2013Volume 09 Issue 43


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In this issue of Designfax

  • Cat gets knee implant
  • Microdrive solutions: Ocean filming
  • New concept: Silicon supercapacitor
  • Wheels: Shake up in vibration testing
  • Mike Likes: Be a slick machine designer
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Voice coil actuator for NASA asteroid mission
  • Product Spotlight: Mini high-speed camera
  • Product Spotlight: Couplings with hub taper adapter
  • Product Spotlight: Smalley Linear Springs
  • Product Spotlight: Guide for bonding metals
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Boeing previews its 777X
    • Fastest SCARA robot in action
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Simulating spacecraft liftoff
    • Wheels: Seat-adjustment design
    • Printed origami-shaped antennas
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Materials
    Cover Image: Cyrano L. Catte II gets an artificial knee thanks to direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) from EOS

News

Boeing subsidiary sets new solar cell efficiency world record

New USCAR/SAE oil filters specifications could aid consumers and suppliers

UW: Crashing rockets could lead to novel sample-return technology

MIT researchers make surfaces that are easier to cool under extreme heat



Image - Rogan's Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding Capabilities
Rogan's Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding Capabilities
In business since 1934, Rogan Corporation is a leader in the injection molding industry, producing thermoplastic and LSR (Liquid Silicone Rubber) components and assemblies. Manufacturing LSR components is a rapidly growing segment of the business. Rogan is one of a few select manufacturers that offer Bondable LSR overmolding. This process involves the injection molding of a bondable-grade silicone directly onto plastic or metal parts, creating a single integrated component. LSR's heat, chemical, shock, and vibration resistance along with its sound-dampening characteristics have made it an ideal fit for integral seals and gaskets, waterproofing complex geometries and electronic interconnects, integral membranes, diaphragms, valves, and switch covers. (Photo showcases .008" thick fins bonded to a plastic tube.)

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Feature articles

Image - Saving Cyrano: How additive manufacturing helped create a one-of-a-kind knee joint for a cat
Saving Cyrano: How additive manufacturing helped create a one-of-a-kind knee joint for a cat
For quite some time, Mr. Cyrano L. Catte II had the perfect life. Then, at the age of nine, he got bone cancer in his left hind leg. Cyrano's owners spared no expense or effort. They took him to the University of Colorado, where he made instant veterinary history by being the first cat to receive stereotactic radiation therapy and later an artificial knee with components made using direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) from EOS.
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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.
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Image - Silicon supercapacitor? New device stores electricity on silicon chips
Silicon supercapacitor? New device stores electricity on silicon chips
Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7 (not just when the sun is shining) and mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Six degrees of freedom shakes up auto, aviation vibration testing
Wheels:
Six degrees of freedom shakes up auto, aviation vibration testing

Results from a recent study that looked at battlefield-born vibrations, like those from blasts and heavy armored vehicles, are leading research scientists to rethink military vehicle testing and evaluation methods that could also, eventually, improve automotive and aviation industry standards. The tests were run on the TEAM Tensor 900 six-degrees-of-freedom shaker, one of only two of its kind in the world.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Be a slick machine designer
Mike Likes:
Be a slick machine designer

Build some serious added value into your machine designs by including SKF's new SYSTEM 24 LAGD Series single-point automatic lubricators. These cost-effective units deliver the proper pre-set amount of lubricant needed for bearings in machinery across industries, and your machine buyers will think you are genius for including such a valuable feature that requires no manual intervention. A patented gas cell generates the proper pressure to dispense lubricant consistently from containers filled with SKF high-quality lubricant specially formulated for the application. Great for bearing-housing lubrication, electric motors, fans and pumps, conveyors, cranes, chains (oil), and elevators and escalators (oil).
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Custom voice coil actuator meets requirements for NASA's asteroid sample return mission scanner
Engineer's Toolbox:
Custom voice coil actuator meets requirements for NASA's asteroid sample return mission scanner

BEI Kimco Magnetics designed a customized moving magnet voice coil actuator (VCA) for a NASA asteroid rendezvous mission in 2016. VCAs are direct-drive, hysteresis-free devices used for providing highly accurate linear or rotary motion.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Compact mini high-speed camera
Product Spotlight:
Compact mini high-speed camera

Photron has just introduced its small, lightweight FASTCAM Mini UX100 high-speed camera. The new, one-piece high-speed imager provides 1,280 x 1,024 pixel resolution to 4,000 frames per second (fps), 720 high-definition (HD) resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels) to 6,400 fps, and reduced resolution operation up to 800,000 frames per second. Whew! The global electronic shutter operates down to 1 microsecond to provide blur-free, B&W imagery with 12-bit pixel depth (36 bits for the color version). This camera offers powerful high-speed imaging performance in a compact 120 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm package weighing just over 3 lb. Available with three onboard memory options up to 16 GB, the compact camera is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including sports, broadcasting, life sciences, biomechanics, off-board automotive imaging, fluidics, and ballistics testing.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>ServoClass couplings with hub taper adapter
Product Spotlight:
ServoClass couplings with hub taper adapter

Zero-Max ServoClass couplings are now available with hub taper adapters for use on servo motors with tapered shafts. Precision machined, these ServoClass coupling hub adapters are designed to provide superior shaft engagement on tapered shafts in high-speed applications. Manufactured with high-quality materials, the hub adapters fit precisely in the coupling's clamp-style hubs, providing a balanced and tight shaft engagement for servomotor applications at speeds up to 10,000 rpm. They are ideal for precise positioning requirements and high speed reversing loads.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Smalley Steel Ring Company launches <br>Linear Spring Series
Product Spotlight:
Smalley Steel Ring Company launches
Linear Spring Series

Catch the wave ... the linear spring wave, that is. Smalley Steel Ring Company has announced its new Linear Spring Series, offering a selection of spring loads that react along a straight line, as opposed to a conventional spring that fits in a circular cavity.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Design guide for bonding metals
Product Spotlight:
Design guide for bonding metals

This extensive 59-page resource details structural adhesives and provides in-depth discussions of the best adhesives for a range of metal substrates. Individual metal bonding chapters provide bond strength and shear strength data for each of eight substrates. Data is included on 23 of the newest structural adhesives from Loctite. Check out the Design Guide for Bonding Plastics too.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Simulating the rocket science of spacecraft liftoff
Simulating the rocket science of spacecraft liftoff
Throughout the 30 years of Space Shuttle flight, no mission ever failed because of the Space Shuttle Main Engines (known as the SSMEs). After years of doing it right, NASA retired the Space Shuttle program in 2011 with the final flight of Atlantis. But the SSMEs, designed from the start to be reusable, now have a new life as part of NASA's ongoing Space Launch System (SLS) program to develop the heavy lifter rocket.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Johnson Controls has simple 'aha' moment in seat-adjustment design
Wheels:
Johnson Controls has simple 'aha' moment in seat-adjustment design

When engineers at Johnson Controls decided to try to simplify seat adjustment in small and compact vehicles, they didn't look at adding an extra dial, a new button, or even a better lever. They looked at how drivers of different heights adjusted their seats, and that put them on the right track.
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Image - Printed origami-shaped antenna tech unfolds at Georgia Tech
Printed origami-shaped antenna tech unfolds at Georgia Tech
A Georgia Tech-led research team has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a unique approach to making extremely compact and highly efficient antennas and electronics. The new technology will use principles derived from origami paper-folding techniques to create complex structures that can reconfigure themselves by unfolding, moving, and even twisting in response to incoming electromagnetic signals.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Boeing previews its super-efficient, and heavily anticipated, 777X
This week at the Dubai Airshow, Boeing outlined the performance characteristics and a variety of features that will make the 777X, its newest member of the Boeing twin-aisle family, the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine commercial jetliner in aviation history. The company says that key innovations will make the aircraft 12 percent more fuel efficient than its competitor: an all-new composite wing based on the wing developed for the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner, aerodynamic advances such as a hybrid laminar flow control vertical tail and natural laminar flow nacelles, and all-new GE9X engines developed by GE Aviation. In addition to unprecedented fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility, these new technologies will help the 777X deliver 10 percent lower operating economics than the competition.
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Fastest SCARA robot in action
The high-speed Adept Cobra SCARA robot is the fastest SCARA robot, reaching cycle rates unmatched by other table-top robots. In this video, the high-speed Adept Cobra SCARA robot is playing a game of Chinese Checkers, moving the steel balls at a rate of up to four balls a second. It is quite a showoff.
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