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November 11, 2014Volume 10 Issue 42


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

  • Aircraft seating design components
  • Interface designs get specialist support
  • Fascinating Basics: Untangling how cables coil
  • Wings: F-35 jetfighter engine fire fix
  • Mike Likes: Innovative way to take up tolerances
  • All about the latest, ultra-precise hexapods
  • Product: Osram introduces first oval LED
  • Product: 3D anti-glare scan spray
  • Product: Positioning rivals a glass scale
  • Product: Antistatic power transmission belt
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Fundamentals of SOLIDWORKS Plastics
    • A little fun: Paper airplane machine gun
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Adaptive zoom riflescope prototype (wow!)
    • Solar material converts 90 percent
    • Is your company in a bad mood?
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: An F-35B short-takeoff vertical-landing (STOVL) variant in flight. [Photo courtesy: Lockheed Martin]

News

The next big thing? Researchers develop ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years

Production of parts for final products is now 34.7 percent of market for additive manufacturing (3D printing)

Toyota surprises SEMA crowd with 850-hp Camry dragster

MICROMO launches powerful new e-commerce offering: Motion System Selector™



Image - How Do Electroformed Bellows Offer Unique Design Solutions?
How Do Electroformed Bellows Offer Unique Design Solutions?
Are you having difficulty fitting a square peg into a round hole ... so to speak? Some of the most difficult design challenges can be remedied with an electroformed bellows. These small, precision metal parts offer many benefits over machining and stamping. To learn more about electroformed bellows technology and how to apply it, download your copy of our "Electroformed Metal Bellows Catalog and Design Guide" today!

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Feature articles

Image - Smaller access components make a big impact in aircraft seating design
Smaller access components make a big impact in aircraft seating design
Design engineers can enhance the passenger experience and maximize functionality of seating applications by incorporating lightweight seating functionality into the areas of the seat that the passenger interacts with, such as headrests, food trays, and inflight entertainment systems. Focusing on these smaller "touch points" can create a bigger impact by improving inflight usability and perception of airline quality.
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Image - Interface designs benefit from specialist support
Interface designs benefit from specialist support
Given the complexities involved in interface design, it is no wonder that today's product designers and engineers are turning to interface specialists to support the design of their products.
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Image - Fascinating Basics: <br>Researchers untangling how cables coil
Fascinating Basics:
Researchers untangling how cables coil

The world's fiber-optic network spans more than 550,000 miles of undersea cable that transmits e-mail, websites, and other packets of data between continents, all at the speed of light. A rip or tangle in any part of this network can significantly slow telecommunications around the world. Now engineers at MIT, along with computer scientists at Columbia University, have developed a method that predicts the pattern of coils and tangles that a cable may form when deployed onto a rigid surface.
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Image - Wings: <br>Micro cracks in titanium part cause F-35 Lightning II jetfighter fire, multiple fixes investigated
Wings:
Micro cracks in titanium part cause F-35 Lightning II jetfighter fire, multiple fixes investigated

The head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office said Oct. 30 that he expects to have decided on a permanent solution by the end of December for the design issue that caused an engine to fail in June in an F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The engine's manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, has offered several potential fixes, some of which already are being tested.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>New innovative way to take up tolerances
Mike Likes:
New innovative way to take up tolerances

Smalley Linear Springs are a continuous wave-formed (marcelled) wire length produced from spring-tempered materials. They act as a load-bearing device, having approximately the same load/deflection characteristics as a wave spring. Linear Springs are now available as a standard part in carbon and stainless steel, with over 200 sizes.
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Image - All about the latest, ultra-precise hexapods
All about the latest, ultra-precise hexapods
In the past several years, with the integration of advances in technologies like piezo actuators, virtual programmable pivot points, and system simulation, hexapod performance has taken a significant leap forward, to the extent that electromechanical and piezoelectric hexapods are now viewed as more efficient and accurate systems compared to serial linkage and hydraulic kinematic positioning systems, including those commonly used on robotic arms. Learn all about hexapods and their capabilities in this extensive article.
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Image - Product: Osram introduces first surface-mountable LED with oval light-radiating characteristics
Product: Osram introduces first surface-mountable LED with oval light-radiating characteristics
The new surface-mountable Displix Oval from Osram Opto Semiconductors is the first LED with oval light-radiating characteristics for large-screen video walls, gas station price signs, digital road signs, and more. Thanks to a compact housing measuring just 2.1 x 2.7 x 1.5 mm (including lens), almost twice as many LEDs can now be mounted on a board than with ordinary radial diodes, doubling both the pixel density and the resolution of displays. As a result, the images displayed are extremely vivid with a high color homogeneity.
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Image - Product: 3D anti-glare scan spray
Product: 3D anti-glare scan spray
Reflectivity is detrimental to 3D data acquisition, so it is often necessary to apply an anti-glare coating to objects before 3D scanning. Helling 3D Scan Spray, offered by Laser Design, Inc. (LDI), is a great option for this due to its thin and uniform adherence to surfaces, which eliminates pooling and clumping that negatively impact scan data accuracy. The spray also washes off easily with water.
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Image - Product: Positioning accuracy that rivals a glass scale
Product: Positioning accuracy that rivals a glass scale
The newly enhanced IMS-I integrated measuring system from Rexroth achieves maximum linear motion positioning accuracy even in challenging work environments with contaminants and interference fields. This compact solution for ball and roller rail systems has an inductive design that offers repeatable accuracy rated to 0.25 µm at distances up to 4.5 m -- equivalent to more expensive glass scale systems. This solution is suitable for a wide range of industrial applications, including positioning laser cutters, synchronizing ram or plunger units in presses, extracting PET bottles at high speeds, and 3D printer processes that produce abrasive dust.
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Image - Product: Antistatic power transmission belt
Product: Antistatic power transmission belt
The Poly Chain Carbon Volt belt from Gates is a new antistatic polyurethane solution that meets the ISO 9563 spec and retains its static conductivity longer than comparable belts. In accelerated lab testing of industrial belts from major manufacturers that meet ISO 9563, Gates experts found that their capacities to dissipate static severely diminished long before the typical end of functional life. The Gates Poly Chain Carbon Volt belt, however, maintains static conductivity to ISO 9563 levels several times longer than its competitors.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Adaptive zoom riflescope prototype features push-button magnification
Adaptive zoom riflescope prototype features push-button magnification
Sandia National Laboratories optical engineer Brett Bagwell (an Army Special Forces officer-turned-engineer) led the development of the Rapid Adaptive Zoom for Assault Rifles (RAZAR) prototype. At the push of a button, RAZAR can toggle between high and low magnifications, enabling Soldiers to zoom in without having to remove their eyes from their targets or their hands from their rifles. The flexible, polymer-based optics are based on the human eye.
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Image - New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat
New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat
A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 C and survive many years outdoors in spite of exposure to air and humidity.
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Image - Is your company in a bad mood? 11 signs and what to do about it
Is your company in a bad mood? 11 signs and what to do about it
The signs aren't always overt. People aren't biting each other's heads off or glaring sullenly across the conference table. Instead, it feels like everyone is just ... coasting. Author Michael Houlihan says that apathetic clock-punchers are the creations of a culture that's set up to squelch their inner entrepreneur.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Fundamentals of SOLIDWORKS Plastics
Validating your plastic part designs with SOLIDWORKS Plastics will ensure proper fill, determine best gate location, and eliminate potential defects and improve part quality. Take a look at this intro to the software.
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A little fun and inspiration:
Paper airplane machine gun

A Designfax reader tipped us off to a YouTube user called Papierfliegerei, who says that he has created a paper airplane folding machine that shoots out the little flyers machine-gun style. He says he had most of the parts 3D printed and uses a cordless screwdriver as the main motor component. Pretty inventive if you've got the time and motivation.
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