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October 07, 2014Volume 10 Issue 37


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Spirolox Retaining Rings from Smalley
Over 6,000 Spirolox® Rings are stocked in 302 and 316 stainless steel from 1/4" to 16" diameters. Customs can be manufactured from .200" to 120". Smalley's manufacturing process allows for the economical production of stainless steel rings. Free samples are available of stock parts to test in your application.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Liquid metals change shape
  • Engineering better Army tech (Part 2): Lethality, fires
  • Big-time boost to LED brightness, efficiency
  • Wheels: Mercedes ditches aluminum pistons
  • Mike Likes: NanoSteel additive-manufactured materials
  • Engineer's Toolbox: NASA tests largest composite cryotank
  • Software: Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Software: SOLIDWORKS 2015 is here!
  • Products: Shaft couplings eliminate resonance
  • Products: Mini linear motion components
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots: A portable, agile solution
    • Inside Boeing's astronaut taxi
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • New ant-size radios for Internet of Things
    • Engineering better Army tech (Part 1): Overmatch
    • First water-based nuclear battery
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Mercedes ditches aluminum pistons (left) in favor of high-strength steel (right)

News

Delphi is first to market with wireless vehicle-to-vehicle technology

Solar energy update: New system aims to harness the full spectrum of available solar radiation

Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

U.S. military's empty shells find new life as combat flares



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MICROMO introduces the new IEH2-4096 Integrated Encoder
The new FAULHABER IEH2-4096 integrated encoder offers higher resolution, an expanded operating temperature range and improved speed control, especially in the low speed range. The new model lengthens the motor by just 1.4 mm and can be combined with numerous precious metal commutated DC micro motors. Because these are used in very small machines and assemblies, size plays a decisive role.

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Feature articles
Liquid metals change shape with a little shock from NC State researchers
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for controlling the surface tension of liquid metals by applying very low voltages, opening the door to a new generation of reconfigurable electronic circuits, antennas, and other technologies. The metals can transform from a sphere to a pancake, for example, and back again on command.
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Image - Engineering better Army technology (Part 2): <br>Improving lethality and fires
Engineering better Army technology (Part 2):
Improving lethality and fires

U.S. Army researchers at the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) at Redstone Arsenal, AL, are engineering technology solutions to enable improved lethality and fires -- and build the Army of 2025 and beyond. Fire support includes mortars, field artillery, air defense artillery, naval and air-delivered weapons.
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New developments boost LED brightness and efficiency big time
For all of their trumpeted efficiency, did you know that only 2 to 4 percent of the light generated by a standard LED escapes from inside the device? Wow, either did we! With all that trapped light energy, no wonder they get hot. But Princeton University researchers are onto something big to change this, including a 57 percent improvement in brightness and efficiency.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Mercedes ditches aluminum pistons in favor of high-strength steel
Wheels:
Mercedes ditches aluminum pistons in favor of high-strength steel

Think aluminum is the key to lightweighting automobiles and creating efficiencies in the future? Mercedes-Benz doesn't -- at least not for pistons. The company is switching to a high-strength steel piston design for a future line of its diesel passenger-car engines.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>NanoSteel demonstrates breakthrough in additive-manufactured wear materials
Mike Likes:
NanoSteel demonstrates breakthrough in additive-manufactured wear materials

If your vision of the future is 3D printing your own high-hardness steel bearings right at your location on demand, your wish has been granted. A new development from the NanoSteel Company supports the market need for on-demand, on-site wear parts while addressing the current challenges in 3D printing of high-hardness parts. NanoSteel's uniform, engineered steel powder matrix material overcomes one of the major hurdles to achieving a high-hardness metallic part through additive manufacturing: the tendency to develop cracks during part builds. The company worked with a global process development partner to successfully produce via laser sintering a fully dense (99.9 percent) crack-free part with hardness values over 1,000 HV and wear resistance comparable to conventionally manufactured M2 tool steels. That's more dense than most castings!
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>NASA completes battery of tests on largest composite cryotank
Engineer's Toolbox:
NASA completes battery of tests on largest composite cryotank

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight composite tanks on rockets.
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Software:
Autodesk Fusion 360 30-day trial for Mac, PC, mobile device

Autodesk Fusion 360 -- a cloud-based tool that combines 3D industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package -- is the first solution of its kind available for purchase worldwide on the Mac App Store. Available for PCs too, Fusion 360 lets designers and engineers create products that have both form and function and prepare them for fabrication with one single tool. As a result, users can explore product ideas quickly and get a prototype faster. Fusion 360 also provides a single space for entire teams to collaborate on projects.
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Image - Software: <br>SOLIDWORKS 2015 is here!
Software:
SOLIDWORKS 2015 is here!

With SOLIDWORKS 2015, users gain access to cloud-based capabilities and a wider range of choices for improving productivity, work processes, and operating costs. SOLIDWORKS 2015 covers all comprehensive aspects of the product development process with an intuitive, integrated 3D development environment that includes 3D design, simulation, electrical design, product data management, and technical communication. In addition, starting with the new Collaborative Sharing feature, SOLIDWORKS 2015 enables access to Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its cloud-based capabilities.
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Image - Products: <br>Shaft couplings eliminate resonance
Products:
Shaft couplings eliminate resonance

Step-Flex, the new class of shaft couplings from Miki Pulley US, eliminates resonance in stepper motor ball screw assemblies. This two-part elastomer-element coupling features an innovative combination of HNBR (black) rubber element flanked by smaller, softer laminated (green) spacers designed to "mechanically tune" the system for optimal performance when a stepper motor is used to drive a linear actuator. This unique design quickly dampens oscillations, thereby suppressing resonance. The coupling's machined aluminum hubs also provide a low moment of inertia.
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Image - Products: <br>Mini linear motion components
Products:
Mini linear motion components

Thomson Industries has expanded its range of high-performance, miniaturized components with the launch of several new products. The new precision TSI Rolled Ball Screws offer high load capacity, smoothness, and quiet operation that can be easily customized. Thomson Miniature Metric Ball Bushing Bearings offer smooth and rapid operation in a light, compact package, lasting up to 27 times longer than conventional linear bearings. The mini Glide Screw combines the best features of linear bearings and linear guides into an easy-to-install, one-part solution that requires no external guides and delivers the ultimate in compact design.
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Image - New ant-size radios may be key to connecting Internet of Things
New ant-size radios may be key to connecting Internet of Things
Costing just pennies to make, new tiny radios-on-a-chip developed by a Stanford engineering team are designed to serve as controllers or sensors for the Internet of Things. Better yet, these chips do not need their own power sources.
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Image - Engineering better Army technology (Part 1): Overmatch
Engineering better Army technology (Part 1): Overmatch
Overmatch in weapon systems "means we have an advantage in every sense of the word ... it's much bigger than lethality," says Keith Jadus, acting director of the lethality portfolio for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology. This article looks at issues in developing technologies with extended range, precision, using direct energy, and more.
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Image - First water-based nuclear battery could be used for emergency equipment, spaceflight
First water-based nuclear battery could be used for emergency equipment, spaceflight
For the first time using a water-based solution, researchers at the University of Missouri have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many applications such as a reliable energy source in automobiles and emergency equipment, and also in complicated applications such as space flight.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Universal Robots: A portable solution for agile manufacturers
Contract manufacturer LEAX Group was looking for a modern automation solution for constantly changing workflows: The robots had to be flexible, easy to program, space efficient and with a sufficient payload. The answer was UR10 robotic arms from Universal Robots.
Watch the robot in action solving agile manufacturing tasks here.

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Inside Boeing's astronaut taxi to the Space Station
Boeing is known for making airplanes, but they actually have a long history in space. They've been a contractor for NASA on every manned space mission ever flown. A new shuttle will soon take flight, but NASA won't be making it, private companies will. Boeing hopes that the craft to carry humans back and forth to the International Space Station will be their "CST-100" capsule design. Bloomberg gets a rare look at Boeing's space exploration facilities. (Source: Bloomberg) [Image: Boeing]
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