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June 10, 2014Volume 10 Issue 22


Image - Completely Updated New Full Line Catalog: <br>Full of New Fasteners
Completely Updated New Full Line Catalog:
Full of New Fasteners

Micro Plastics introduces its new 300-page catalog #40 containing thousands of fastening solutions for engineers and product designers. Find hundreds of new problem-solving products, including Spacers, Washers, Clips, Clamps, Ties, Bushings, Screws, Nuts, Rivets, and Plugs. Micro Plastics specializes in Nylon threaded fasteners, but the company also offers extensive product lines for wire management and circuit board hardware. FREE samples are available upon request.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Universal space docking ring design
  • Configure your perfect micro motor
  • Structures that store energy
  • Wheels: Alternative all-terrain vehicle polymer
  • Mike Likes: Silicon carbide foam
  • Engineer's Toolbox: NASA 3D manufacturing
  • Edge welded metal bellows
  • Transducer for extreme vibration
  • Expanded valve interlock series
  • Better assembly for tiny PCB parts
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • DryLin® W linear guide construction kit
    • NASA Supersonic Decelerator saucer tests
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wheels: Nissan 24 Hours of Le Mans hybrid
    • New class of lubricants
    • Lockheed Martin 3D prints satellite tanks
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Materials
    Cover Image: BPG Werks DTV Shredder vehicle redefines off-roading

News

MIT researchers advance new way to harness industrial waste heat by heating, cooling batteries

Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system against military-grade small boats

Ford to launch advanced steering tech to make vehicles easier to maneuver

Report: Metal additive manufacturing grows by nearly 76%



Feature articles

Image - European Space Agency advancing universal space docking ring design
European Space Agency advancing universal space docking ring design
The European Space Agency (ESA) took a huge step forward recently to allow the next generation of space vehicles of all types from around the world to link up with each other more easily. The program effort is focused on building a universal docking port.
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Image - Configure your perfect micro motor solution with MICROMO's Motion System Selector
Configure your perfect micro motor solution with MICROMO's Motion System Selector
Decades ago, the FAULHABER coil paved the way for a new industry. Today, the MICROMO Motion System SelectorTM has changed the game with an unparalleled approach to online micro motion technology selection, comparison, and purchase.
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Image - Structures that store energy aim to liberate devices from their power cords
Structures that store energy aim to liberate devices from their power cords
Imagine a future in which our electrical gadgets are no longer limited by plugs and external power sources. This intriguing prospect is one of the reasons for the current interest in building the capacity to store electrical energy directly into a wide range of products, such as a laptop whose casing serves as its battery or an electric car powered by energy stored in its chassis.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Advanced polymer from Victrex keeps the fun going for new kind of intense all-terrain vehicle
Wheels:
Advanced polymer from Victrex keeps the fun going for new kind of intense all-terrain vehicle

Boston and Toronto-based BPG Werks, creators of the innovative all-terrain dual-tracked vehicle (DTV) called the Shredder, have harnessed the exceptional durability and wear capabilities of a high-performance polymer from Victrex to construct a robust and efficient overmolded steel drive shaft segment gear. The material is critical to providing stable acceleration and torque characteristics for this "mini tank that you ride like a skateboard."
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Silicon carbide foam -- Extreme toughness in a lightweight form
Mike Likes:
Silicon carbide foam -- Extreme toughness in a lightweight form

Silicon carbide (SiC) foam, available from Goodfellow, provides the exceptional hardness (Mohs 9), high-temp durability (up to 2,200 C), and performance of solid silicon carbide, but in an extremely lightweight and versatile foam structure. This material has a high thermal and electrical conductivity, and its matrix of cells and ligaments is completely repeatable, regular, and uniform throughout the material, yielding a rigid, highly porous and permeable structure with a controlled density of metal per unit volume. This combination of properties is highly valued in a range of industries, including aerospace, defense, and semiconductor manufacturing. Applications include: high-temp filters, rocket nozzles, heat-shielding elements, heat exchangers, and electromagnetic radiation absorbers.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox:<br> NASA boards the 3D-manufacturing train
Engineer's Toolbox:
NASA boards the 3D-manufacturing train

Given NASA's unique needs for highly customized spacecraft and instrument components, additive manufacturing, or "3D printing," offers a compelling alternative to more traditional manufacturing approaches. Led by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, the agency has launched a number of formal programs to prototype new tools for current and future missions using this emerging manufacturing technique.
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Image - Edge welded metal bellows: <br>Flexibility in more ways than one!
Edge welded metal bellows:
Flexibility in more ways than one!

Edge welded metal bellows allow for flexibility in axial, angular and parallel offset motion and provide the most stroke in the smallest amount of space of any bellows technology on the market, by reaching 90% of its free length. BellowsTech can customize size, shape, material, weight, length, and mounting connections to customer specifications.
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Image - Wireless rotary torque transducer for extreme high-vibration environments
Wireless rotary torque transducer for extreme high-vibration environments
The Model BT4000 Series Wireless Coupled Flange Drive Rotary Torque Sensor from SensorData Technologies is the only transducer of its kind that offers high-reliability Bluetooth wireless rotary torque sensing in extreme high-vibration environments, where most torque transducers experience premature wear and failure. The series offers highly reliable transmission of measured torque data, requires relatively little installation space, and can measure torque up to 8,000 Nm at speeds up to 7,000 rpm, with analog voltage, digital, or frequency signal outputs.
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Image - Bolt interlock added to valve interlock series
Bolt interlock added to valve interlock series
Kirk Key has expanded its Eagle Valve Interlock Series, adding bolt interlocking designs to the range of integral valve interlocks. The trapped key interlocking system ensures that workers follow a pre-determined sequence of operation for activating valves in a wide range of industrial settings from manufacturing plants to petrochemical facilities. Eagle Valve Interlocks attach to the valve body without voiding the manufacturer's warranty. The robust, oversized key cannot be duplicated.
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Image - Better assembly for tiny PCB parts
Better assembly for tiny PCB parts
Remtec has adapted its Gold-Tin Plating Technology on metallized ceramics to include a newly developed technique of selectively applying AuSn deposits for interconnecting RF and microwave electronic components, lead frames, and other miniature parts on high-frequency PC boards. The proprietary new process replaces the commonly used, labor-intensive method of placing and fastening gold tin solder preforms on organic boards. The use of Remtec's time-proven gold-tin plating capabilities to selectively apply solder on board materials makes electronic assembly significantly less costly and oftentimes serves as an enabling solution for assembly of tiny parts and components on "hard to get" places on circuit boards.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Wheels: <br>Nissan set to make hybrid history at 24 Hours <br>of Le Mans
Wheels:
Nissan set to make hybrid history at 24 Hours
of Le Mans

The Nissan ZEOD RC hybrid racecar with an 88-lb, 400-hp three-cylinder combustion engine the size of a piece of carry-on luggage and an all-electric running option is set to make history at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans road race.
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Image - Gearheads rejoice: Liquid crystal forms a totally new class of lubricants
Gearheads rejoice: Liquid crystal forms a totally new class of lubricants
Although lubricants are widely used in motors, axles, ventilators, and manufacturing machines -- just for starters -- there have been almost no fundamental innovations for this product in the last 20 years. Together with a consortium, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany, have developed an entirely new class of substance that could change everything: liquid crystalline lubricant.
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Image - RedEye and Lockheed Martin build one of the largest 3D-printed parts for space satellite project
RedEye and Lockheed Martin build one of the largest 3D-printed parts for space satellite project
Faced with a lengthy turnaround time and a sticker price of around $250,000 to machine prototypes, Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Company (SSC) took a shot at 3D printing two large-scale satellite fuel tank simulators. When RedEye's aerospace team received design files from Lockheed's engineers, they were stunned with the size of the tanks.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Countless design options using the DryLin® W linear guide construction kit from igus®
igus® linear guides are made from maintenance-free, self-lubricating high-performance plastics. The lubricant is incorporated into the bearing material, making the bearing materials suitable for dry-running conditions. They are maintenance-free for the entire length of their service life. Learn more in this video from igus®.
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NASA engineers ready Supersonic Decelerator saucer tests
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project is scheduled to perform full-scale, stratospheric tests of two devices this week in Kauai, Hawaii, for landing heavy payloads on Mars: an inflatable deceleration shield in the shape of a saucer and an enormous parachute. The supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator is a very large, durable, balloon-like pressure vessel that inflates around the entry vehicle and slows it from Mach 3.5 or greater to Mach 2 or lower. In the inflatables test, a saucer-shaped vehicle with rocket engines will hang from a launch tower, be attached to a huge helium balloon and lifted to 120,000 ft, and then rocket to Mach 4 for supersonic testing.
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