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May 27, 2014Volume 10 Issue 20


Image - Molded Nylon Special Standard Round Spacers
Molded Nylon Special Standard Round Spacers
Micro Plastics announces a new product line of Special Standard Round Spacers. The new line of molded nylon round spacers includes over 250 sizes, with diameters of 1/8" through 1 1/2" and lengths from 1/8" to 2 3/4". These tough, resilient spacers can be used in a variety of assemblies. Useful in electronic and electrical applications, they may also be used as bushings, bearings, rollers, gliders, and bumpers. They are resistant to vibration, abrasion, and corrosion; are electrically insulating; and have a high strength-to-weight ratio.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Soldiers evaluate haptic navigation
  • Make your own bearings
  • Fighting counterfeiters using tiny particles
  • Wheels: Hydraulics empower walking excavator
  • Mike Likes: Voice coil actuators developer's kit
  • Can you handle the ultimate teardown?
  • Osram online LED Information Base
  • Re-lampable indicator light
  • Couplings with electrical insulation
  • Ultra-compact linear smart stage
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • See a U.S. Navy railgun in action
    • Designing welded structures made easy
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Thermal chips may kill the flashlight
    • Stealth technology gets a new edge
    • Engineer's Toolbox: Seamless, morphing plane wings
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: The Menzi Muck walking excavator uses a specialized hydraulics solution from Linde Hydraulics

News

Toyota develops 'diamond-like' semiconductor wafer to boost hybrid mileage

DARPA-funded advanced prosthetic DEKA Arm system gets FDA approval after eight years in development

Shell creates motor oil base from natural gas

Air Force updating B-52s with CONECT system so planes have 90-year operating life



Image - Regulate 3,000 psi Down To 1 psi With A Miniature Regulator Weighing Only 76 grams!
Regulate 3,000 psi Down To 1 psi With A Miniature Regulator Weighing Only 76 grams!
Beswick pressure regulators are miniature in size but big on performance. Save space and weight in your design. An elegant solution if your product is portable. Our award winning and patented designs are ideal for use in instruments, medical equipment, and fuel cells. Each regulator is 100% tested for quality. Available in a wide range of configurations such as: piston, diaphragm, single-stage and multi-stage, high flow, high pressure and manifold mount.

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Feature articles

Image - Soldiers evaluate hands-free, eyes-free haptic navigation
Soldiers evaluate hands-free, eyes-free haptic navigation
In a new twist on "going with your gut," engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a lightweight haptic technology belt that provides hands-free navigation for Soldiers in the field. The belt sends vibratory or tactile cues, allowing a Soldier to navigate to map coordinates and receive communications while still carrying a weapon. Just go right if it feels right.
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Image - Make your own bearings: <br>igus presents the world's first printable bearing material filament for 3D printers
Make your own bearings:
igus presents the world's first printable bearing material filament for 3D printers

Plastics expert igus has introduced the world's first plastic filament for 3D printers enhanced with tribological, or low-friction, properties. The material, 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than conventional 3D-printer materials, is ideally suited for creating custom bearings. igus even provides some STL design model files, too.
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Image - Fighting counterfeiters: <br>Tiny, smartphone-readable particles could help verify goods from money to electronics
Fighting counterfeiters:
Tiny, smartphone-readable particles could help verify goods from money to electronics

MIT researchers have developed a new alternative anti-counterfeiting technology that may be hard to beat. Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products -- which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food -- can pose safety risks and cost governments and private companies hundreds of billions of dollars annually.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Innovative hydraulics empower highly specialized spider/walking excavator
Wheels:
Innovative hydraulics empower highly specialized spider/walking excavator

The Swiss excavator manufacturer Menzi Muck unveiled the first model in its new walking excavator series last year at the bauma 2013 trade fair. The working hydraulics in these highly specialized construction machines are configured as a complete system of Linde Hydraulics components, including the electronic control unit.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Voice coil actuators developers kit
Mike Likes:
Voice coil actuators developers kit

To help customers get started with Voice Coil Actuators (VCA) and the sometimes confusing electronics needed for building a system, BEI Kimco Magnetics has introduced the VCA Developer's Kit -- the first of its kind in the market. The completely self-contained kit includes a VCA with a built-in feedback sensor and a programmable controller with MotionLab Software that runs on the user's local PC. The included how-to kit answers all the questions needed to get a VCA system up and running, including where to source components, how to put components together, and how to program the parts to perform the motions needed.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Can you handle the ultimate product teardown?
Engineer's Toolbox:
Can you handle the ultimate product teardown?

Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) from Boothroyd Dewhurst is an intense teardown tool that focuses on benchmarking, Lean, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) methodologies to redesign products with reduced part counts and simplified assembly. Read about how oil and gas equipment producer Viatran used this intense process and software to redesign a hammer-union pressure transmitter with radical results -- and ask yourself if your products are ready for this kind of heavy-duty scrutiny.
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Image - Osram creates online LED Information Base <br>for easy selection
Osram creates online LED Information Base
for easy selection

The new LED Information Base from Osram Opto Semiconductors is an online tool for selecting LEDs for applications in the automotive, industrial, consumer, and general illumination sectors. Users can quickly and easily find suitable components and obtain the specifications in digital format that they need for their design projects. This new online tool puts an end to checking and copying down values from LED data sheets. The online portal includes Osram's complete portfolio of LEDs in the visible wavelength range.
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Image - Re-lampable indicator light with watertight seal
Re-lampable indicator light with watertight seal
VCC has developed a re-lampable neon front-panel indicator light designed for harsh environments. The versatile 513x-038 Series midget flange base re-lampable indicators meet MIL-L-3661 specifications and are rated to NEMA-4 protection. Capable of accepting any T-1 3/4 midget flange base lamp, these high-quality indicators provide reliable status indication in a vast array of commercial and military applications.
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Image - Couplings add electrical insulation protection to mechanical components
Couplings add electrical insulation protection to mechanical components
Motion system designers have a new option to arrest electrical current. In addition to their primary function, Zero-Max CD couplings are designed with composite flex elements that are non-conductive. The flex element designed into Zero-Max CD couplings provides electrical insulation while protecting mechanical components from system overloads. CD Couplings do not pass electrical current through the coupling. In addition to protecting from stray electrical current, CD couplings protect generators in a system from transferring lower reaction loads to the generator bearings. They are available in many models and sizes, including custom designs for unusually large and challenging applications such as wind turbines.
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Image - Ultra-compact linear smart stage now has absolute encoding
Ultra-compact linear smart stage now has absolute encoding
New Scale Technologies has added absolute encoding to its M3-LS Linear Smart Stage, a USB micro stage with fully integrated drive electronics and the industry's smallest all-in-one positioning stage. Absolute encoding eliminates the need to "home" the stage on power-up. It is a significant improvement over stepper motor-driven stages, which must be homed to locate the zero reference position every time power is cycled, and during operation can lose count of steps moved. The M3-LS Smart Stage is driven by a self-locking SQUIGGLE piezo motor and holds position when power is turned off. When restarted, its absolute encoding allows it to move directly and immediately to the commanded position with 0.5 µm resolution.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Raytheon thermal chips may just kill the flashlight
Raytheon thermal chips may just kill the flashlight
New, low-cost chips for sensing thermal energy could lead to a raft of new night-vision products, engineers say, ushering in everything from smarter cars to handheld devices for spelunking. A new technology used by Raytheon, called "wafer-level packaging," dramatically reduces the cost of making these thermal sensors.
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Image - Wheels (and wings): <br>Stealth technology gets a new edge from a flat antenna lens that thinks it's curved
Wheels (and wings):
Stealth technology gets a new edge from a flat antenna lens that thinks it's curved

UK scientists from BAE Systems and Queen Mary University (London) have seemingly defied the laws of physics by creating a novel composite material that has been used to manufacture a new type of antenna lens.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Seamless, morphing plane wing technology introduced by FlexSys
Engineer's Toolbox:
Seamless, morphing plane wing technology introduced by FlexSys

A Michigan company called FlexSys demonstrated its FlexFoil seamless morphing-wing control technology at the AIAA convention in Washington, DC, earlier this year. The creation of a variable-geometry airfoil has been a long-sought target chased by the defense and commercial aviation industries and researchers for several decades.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
See a U.S. Navy railgun in action
The Office of Naval Research Electromagnetic Railgun located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division fired a world-record-setting 33-megajoule shot earlier this year, more than three times the power of the previous 2008 record. The railgun can shoot a projectile at mach-7 speed over 100 miles -- for just a fraction of the cost of the projectiles we have in current operations.
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Designing welded structures made easy
SolidWorks 3D CAD gives you the tools to create and edit welded structures with ease. With SolidWorks Weldments, using multiple bodies in a part file enables you to simplify the structure of your designs. This video demonstrates: section profiles, trimming, instant 3D, and much more. See SolidWorks Weldments in action.
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