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February 04, 2014Volume 10 Issue 05


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Low-Profile Retaining Rings
Smalley Hoopster® Rings fit into shallower grooves than regular snap rings or retaining rings. Where retaining rings once were not an option because of groove depth, the low profile, precision circularity & small radial size allow the Hoopster to be an unobtrusive component in the assembly, ideal for thin wall tubes. Easy to install without special tools, Hoopsters are stocked from 3/8" to 3" in carbon & stainless steel. No-Tooling-Charges™ on customs.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Multicolor, multi-material 'supercar' of 3D printers
  • What you didn't know about silicone adhesives
  • New transparent heads-up display
  • Wheels: Improved fuel filter design
  • Mike Likes: Boeing 777 paper airplane
  • Engineer's Toolbox: New Hazard Communication Standards
  • Product Spotlight: Faster imaging, less noise
  • Product Spotlight: Pipe and flange protection
  • Product Spotlight: Mini absolute rotary encoder
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots optimizes production by 35%
    • Air-flow design that's simply a breeze
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Micro-windmills recharge cell phones
    • Wheels: Ford solar car concept
    • Designing a safer earbud
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Bike helmet prototype printed on the new Objet500 Connex3, the world's first multicolor, multi-material 3D printer

News

NASA launches technology transfer 'super tool'

Researchers say lungs may suffer when certain elements go nano

NASA ramps up space launch system sound-suppression testing

Alcoa technology puts aerospace-grade aluminum on mobile devices and more



Image - Introducing the New 3890 CR DC Motor
Introducing the New 3890 CR DC Motor
MICROMO is pleased to announce the latest addition to the FAULHABER CR DC Motor series. Its graphite commutation, powerful neodymium magnet and particularly high copper content in the FAULHABER rotor winding provide the compact 3890 CR with an enormous amount of power. In addition to the one-of-a-kind power density (rated torque per volume), the high efficiency of the 3890...CR series is also a decisive factor.
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Feature articles

Image - Stratasys debuts multicolor, multi-material 'supercar' of 3D printers
Stratasys debuts multicolor, multi-material 'supercar' of 3D printers
Feeling blue about your 3D printer's limitations? Well now you can feel green too. Read all about what the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer from Stratasys, the 'supercar' of printers, can do.
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Image - That's possible?! What you didn't know about silicone adhesives
That's possible?! What you didn't know about silicone adhesives
Versatile and reliable, silicone adhesives are prime for use in the engineering of appliances, electronics, outdoor power equipment, aerospace components, and myriad other products. Shirley Monte of FLEXcon lays out some reasons that silicone adhesives are considered a better alternative to traditional joining methods, including screws, nuts, bolts, rivets, welds, and other mechanical fasteners.
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Image - New transparent display system could provide heads-up data cheaply
New transparent display system could provide heads-up data cheaply
Transparent displays have a variety of potential applications, such as the ability to see navigation or dashboard information while looking through the windshield of a car or plane, or to project video onto a window or a pair of eyeglasses. A number of technologies have been developed for such displays, but all have limitations. Now, researchers at MIT have come up with a new -- and much cheaper -- approach that can have significant advantages over existing systems.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Improved fuel filter design using a wave spring
Wheels:
Improved fuel filter design using a wave spring

In order to replace a fuel filter, an individual is required to remove two bolts from the fuel line and slide the fuel line out, and then remove the bolts, holding the filter attached to the vehicle. An improved design using Rotor Clip wave springs replaces the bolts and screws.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Taking paper airplanes to a whole new level -- Boeing 777
Mike Likes:
Taking paper airplanes to a whole new level -- Boeing 777

What can you do with an X-ACTO knife, some tweezers, and some glue? Luca Iaconi-Stewart is a 22-year-old self-described "crazy guy who loves aviation." He loves it so much that he spent the last five years building a table-size replica of a Boeing 777 airplane made entirely of paper file folders. Read about Iaconi-Stewart's incredibly dedicated (and detailed) endeavor in this fascinating CNET story. [Image: ©Luca Iaconi-Stewart]
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Facts about OSHA's new Hazard Communication Standards and GHS
Engineer's Toolbox:
Facts about OSHA's new Hazard Communication Standards and GHS

A chemist and a senior product manager from Techspray provide this brief and easy-to-follow explanation of upcoming chemical labeling regulations that impact anyone in manufacturing, distributing, or using chemical products.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Faster imaging, less noise
Product Spotlight:
Faster imaging, less noise

The UI-3580CP-C color industrial camera from IDS Imaging Development Systems features the new Aptina 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, offering a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels at 15 fps. The new sensor has highly reduced image noise, providing increased image quality. For applications that don't require color images, this camera offers the same detail and frame rate in a true monochrome sensor. The camera's USB 3.0 interface delivers a 10x data-rate increase compared to USB 2.0 or GigE.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br> Pipe and flange protection products
Product Spotlight:
Pipe and flange protection products

MOCAP's new line of Pipe and Flange Protection Products includes Pipe Caps, Pipe Plugs, Outside Fitting Flange Protectors, Push-In Flange Protectors, and Bolt Hole Flange Protectors. They are designed to protect many sizes and styles of pipes and flanges from moisture, contamination, and damage during transit, handling, and storage. They all provide for easy installation and removal by hand. All parts are available in stock for immediate shipment in box, mini-pack, and new micro-pack quantities.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Lightweight miniature absolute rotary encoder
Product Spotlight:
Lightweight miniature absolute rotary encoder

Mini Rotary Electric Encoders from Netzer provide exceptionally accurate, high-resolution, absolute position with miniature- to wide-diameter hollow shafts and are available with analog or digital outputs. The lack of bearings and components such as flexible couplers, glass disc, light sources, and detectors, along with very low power consumption, makes the DS-25 encoder virtually failure free. The internally shielded, DC-operated Electric Encoder includes an electric field generator, a field receiver, a sinusoidal-shaped dielectric rotor, and processing electronics. Available through Electromate.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Micro-windmills built to recharge cell phones, provide harvested power for other electronics
Micro-windmills built to recharge cell phones, provide harvested power for other electronics
A University of Texas Arlington research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging. This story includes an intriguing look into building micro mechanical components.
Read the full article.

Image - Wheels: <br>Ford's solar car concept features its own concentrator car-port accessory
Wheels:
Ford's solar car concept features its own concentrator car-port accessory

Ford Motor Co., in collaboration with Georgia Tech, debuted a new solar car concept earlier this month at the 2014 International CES event in Las Vegas. It's a concentrated endeavor that involves parking the vehicle under a special magnifying-glass-like car port to harness extra sun power.
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Image - Say what? Designing an earbud that doesn't cause hearing loss
Say what? Designing an earbud that doesn't cause hearing loss
A former teenage rocker who's been involved with the music industry in some shape or form for most of his adult life might seem like an unlikely candidate to help minimize hearing loss, but that's precisely what Stephen Ambrose is doing with his new company.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
How Universal Robots optimized production by 35%
Watch how Universal Robots optimized production by 35% at the milling machine while offering an ROI of 18 months at OTV Plast. Letting the robot arm take over many repetitive manual tasks enabled OTV Plast to bid for orders not possible before.
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Air-flow design that's simply a breeze
Autodesk Flow Design is a new simulation tool that enables designers to visualize airflow around any object. With Flow Design, designers are able to introduce air-flow simulation from the conceptual level all the way through to the completed model, ensuring they are making educated design decisions at every stage of the process. As your own personal 24/7 wind tunnel, this tool is intuitive enough that someone without any simulation expertise can run limited analysis, which makes collaboration between designers, engineers, and analysts more effective and efficient.
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