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January 13, 2015Volume 11 Issue 02


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In this issue of Designfax

  • Wings: F-35 jetfighter engine fire fix
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Rifle-barrel maker
  • Tiny rotary engine concept is 4-lb powerhouse
  • Way better than LEDs?
  • Wheels: Best-ever diesel efficiency
  • Robots with guns: Army addresses challenges
  • Wheels: Exhaust recirc and the road to 54.5 mpg
  • Water splitter runs on AAA battery
  • Engineering better Army tech: Overmatch
  • Top Mike Likes: Plastic parts no molds required
  • Top Mike Likes: Powerful pen oscilloscope
  • Top Product: DC motors with 90%+ efficiency
  • Top Product: First instant hybrid adhesive
  • Top Product: Plastic bearings have staying power
  • Top Product: Super-clever robotics gripper
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • The physics behind punkin chunkin
    • One-wheeled motorcycle-like scooter
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Part 1 | Designfax Most Popular Stories
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Materials
    Cover Image: 2014 Best Of Stories, Products, Mike Likes, Part 2

News

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

Nissan develops first 'self-cleaning' car prototype

Toyota surprises SEMA crowd with 850-hp Camry dragster

It's TWEELy happening: Michelin opens world's first manufacturing plant to build airless radial tires



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2015 COOL PARTS CALENDAR
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Feature articles

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 - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Rifle-barrel maker takes hole-making to new level
Engineer's Toolbox:
Rifle-barrel maker takes hole-making to new level

Fred Feddersen is a rifle-barrel maker on a mission to do something that's never been done before: create a production barrel that can shoot successive bullets through the same hole, using an inexpensive semiautomatic rifle, not a bolt-action Olympic race gun.
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Image - Tiny inverse-Wankel rotary engine concept is 4-lb powerhouse
Tiny inverse-Wankel rotary engine concept is 4-lb powerhouse
Noise, excessive vibration, and relative inefficiency are drawbacks of the piston-based internal combustion engines (ICEs) that power today's lawn and garden equipment, such as leaf blowers and lawn trimmers. But now MIT startup LiquidPiston has developed a 4-lb rotary concept that it says is significantly smaller, lighter, and quieter, as well as 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the ICEs used in many such small-engine devices.
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Image - Way better than LEDs? <br>Using 1/100 the power, these brighter, flat-panel lights are based on carbon nanotubes
Way better than LEDs?
Using 1/100 the power, these brighter, flat-panel lights are based on carbon nanotubes

Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated to search for the even-better bulbs of tomorrow. Enter carbon electronics.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine
Wheels:
Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine

The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts, and cables like a patient in intensive care. The elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion -- significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.
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Image - Robots with guns: Army researchers address challenges of remote lethality
Robots with guns: Army researchers address challenges of remote lethality
In popular culture, the idea of robots that perform human-like functions has a special hold on the imagination, based on real-life examples like space exploration, unmanned aerial drones and stoked by futuristic scenarios in movies like the "Terminator" series. However, when it comes to the U.S. military integrating lethality, such as a weapon capable of firing 10 rounds per second onto an unmanned ground vehicle, issues arise such as safety, effectiveness, and reliability, as well as military doctrine on how much human involvement is required.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Exhaust recirculation tech and the road to 54.5 mpg
Wheels:
Exhaust recirculation tech and the road to 54.5 mpg

A new engine design that improves fuel economy and lowers exhaust emissions has received a prestigious 2014 R&D 100 Award. R&D Magazine selected Southwest Research Institute's Dedicated Exhaust Gas Recirculation (D-EGR) engine technology as one of the 100 most significant technological achievements introduced in the past year.
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Image - Stanford scientists develop water splitter that runs on ordinary AAA battery
Stanford scientists develop water splitter that runs on ordinary AAA battery
Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed a cheap, emissions-free device that uses a 1.5-V battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas could be used to power fuel cells in zero-emissions vehicles.
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Image - Engineering better Army technology: Overmatch
Engineering better Army technology: 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 - Top Mike Likes: <br>Plastic parts with no molds required
Top Mike Likes:
Plastic parts with no molds required

How often have you wondered what life would be like without having to worry about paying tooling charge after tooling charge for products in early development? The "No Molds Required" (NMR) manufacturing technology from Envision Plastics & Design could be your answer. This unique production process harmonizes a combination of sheet metal fabrication and woodworking practices to produce plastic parts used for enclosures, panels and shrouds, brackets and shields, medical-based products, and more.
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Image - Top Mike Likes: <br> Powerful pen oscilloscope
Top Mike Likes:
Powerful pen oscilloscope

Saelig announces the Owon RDS1021 Wave Rambler, a new USB pen scope that packs all the features of a high-performance bench-top oscilloscope in a small, lightweight, and ergonomic probe that fits perfectly in the hand. Used with the included PC software, the RDS1021 Wave Rambler converts any laptop or desktop PC into a powerful oscilloscope without the need for additional probes or power supplies.
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Image - Top Product: <br>DC motors with 90%+ efficiency boost battery life
Top Product:
DC motors with 90%+ efficiency boost battery life

Maximizing battery life can be a decisive factor to many mission-critical systems. To meet this market initiative, BEI Kimco Magnetics has developed new Frameless Brushless DC Motors in multiple designs that provide extremely high operational efficiencies in excess of 90% that enable extended battery life. For battery-dependent applications, motor efficiency is paramount in getting the longest operating time before it needs to be charged. The newly designed High Torque Density Brushless DC Motors are able to achieve this superior efficiency with improved weight and envelope profiles.
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Image - Top Product:  First instant hybrid cyanoacrylate adhesive
Top Product: First instant hybrid cyanoacrylate adhesive
Henkel has introduced Loctite 4090, a versatile, patented hybrid adhesive that combines the bond strength of a structural epoxy with the speed of an instant adhesive. This powerful combo delivers the first structural cyanoacrylate: an adhesive that offers rapid, high-strength bonding to a range of substrates along with impact and moisture resistance, and temperature resistance to 300 F. Versatile enough to solve both indoor and outdoor design and assembly challenges, the new tech greatly expands the capabilities of cyanoacrylates, especially in applications where traditional instant adhesives offer too little strength or are too brittle.
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Image - Top Product: Plastic bearings have staying power
Top Product: Plastic bearings have staying power
Plastic bearings are strong enough to outperform and outlast metal in countless applications. Plastic bearings are an economical replacement for needle, ball, and plain metal bearings. However, they are often not considered a viable choice in the engineering community due to the common misconception that plastic is inferior or weaker compared to metal. Uncover common misconceptions and learn the true reliability of plastic bearings in this new igus® whitepaper.
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Image - Top Product: Impressive 'coffee-filled' soft robotics gripper now available commercially
Top Product: Impressive 'coffee-filled' soft robotics gripper now available commercially
An extremely clever robotic gripper invented by researchers at the University of Chicago and Cornell University a few years ago is now available commercially. Empire Robotics, the company founded to commercialize the "jamming gripper" invention, is taking orders for its product called VERSABALL, which wowed industry and academic professionals nationwide with a prototype that was a party balloon filled with vacuum-packed coffee.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Part 1 | Designfax Most Popular Stories, Products, Toolbox, And More
Part 1 | Designfax Most Popular Stories, Products, Toolbox, And More
What were the most-read stories in Designfax for the second half of 2014? What research stories did readers find most interesting in the past six months? What products and tools generated the most buzz? Find out these answers and more in the first of our two-part Designfax special.
Go to the Most Popular issue Part 1.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Smashing pumpkins: The physics behind punkin chunkin
Learn how the American Chunker team won last year's national Punkin Chunkin Championship with ingenuity and engineering skill, and how they continue to revolutionize the sport by staying ahead of the competition with new ideas and CAD-embedded testing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
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One-wheeled motorcycle-like scooter
See the RYNO in action, a self-balancing, one-wheeled prototype electric scooter that lets you ride "in between the cracks of urban transportation." Chris Hoffman, RYNO's CEO and chief creator, says the scooter is "regulated in the city at 12.5 mph just like any other mobility scooter," but comes preloaded with way more fun. Although it still hasn't rolled into showrooms, the aim of the latest model is to "pack 4 horsepower into the wheel ... with 2,000 Watts of motor power, this thing will climb a wall." Twin removable, rechargeable battery packs provide an estimated range of 25 miles.
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