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February 03, 2015Volume 11 Issue 05


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Low-Profile Retaining Rings
Smalley Hoopster® Rings fit into shallower grooves than regular snap rings or retaining rings. Where retaining rings once were not an option because of groove depth, the low profile, precision circularity & small radial size allow the Hoopster to be an unobtrusive component in the assembly, ideal for thin wall tubes. Hoopster Retaining Rings are easily installed without special tools. Standard sizes are stocked from 3/8" to 3" and offered in carbon and 302 stainless steel.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Airborne IED detector protects troops
  • Silicone molding multi-shot, multi-material advance
  • Vision-correcting computer display
  • Wheels: 3D-printed Shelby Cobra
  • Mike Likes: Laser sensor detects 1-mm changes
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Using 3D modeling from start to finish
  • Product: Easy gesture design-in for toys, audio, lighting
  • Catalog: Latest Clippard mini pneumatics
  • Product: Micro series lead screws in 24 hr
  • eBook: Compare 11 collaborative robots
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots optimizes production by 35%
    • Windshield wrapping: Toyota takes on packaging
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wheels: Optimized curve braking for motorcycles
    • Inflatable antennas increase U.S. military agility
    • Make injection molds 95% faster, 70% cheaper
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: This Shelby Cobra sports car was 3D printed at DOE's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Lab

News

Johnson Controls unveils new battery system for Advanced Start-Stop vehicles

3-Dimensional services receives recognition for its work on Corvette spoiler prototype

DARPA establishing CODE for unmanned aircraft to fly as collaborative teams

Does your work culture reward the lazy brain? Five ways your company can combat it



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High Torque Coreless Motor for Precision Applications
MICROMO is pleased to announce the latest addition to the FAULHABER DC motor series: the 3890 CR. Its graphite commutation, powerful neodymium magnet and high copper content in the FAULHABER rotor winding provide the compact 3890 CR with an enormous amount of power. The coreless rotor also ensures cogging-free, precise synchronization with very low energy consumption. The 3890 CR motor series offers everything required for use in challenging power applications.

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Feature articles

Image - Airborne IED detector developed by Sandia Labs transferred to Army
Airborne IED detector developed by Sandia Labs transferred to Army
Detecting improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan requires constant, intensive monitoring using rugged equipment. When Sandia researchers first demonstrated a modified miniature synthetic aperture radar (MiniSAR) system to do just that, some experts didn't believe it.
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Image - Silicone molding gets multi-shot, multi-material advance
Silicone molding gets multi-shot, multi-material advance
Silcotech and Dow Corning have teamed up to create an exciting new capability for liquid silicone rubber (LSR) processing: producing single parts that feature multiple materials that can vary in durometer, texture, and color. Multi-material capabilities have vastly expanded final-part options for 3D printing, and this new capability points the way for a similar thing to happen in the silicone design world.
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Vision-correcting computer display makes reading glasses so yesterday
What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual's visual impairment and creating vision-correcting displays that enable users to see text and images clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.
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Image - Wheels: <br>3D-printed Shelby Cobra born from giant additive manufacturing machine (Wow!)
Wheels:
3D-printed Shelby Cobra born from giant additive manufacturing machine (Wow!)

It took six weeks for designers, engineers, and finish techs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to put together a fully drivable 3D-printed Shelby Cobra replica. The bright blue sports car, a celebration of the racing car's 50th anniversary, was hurriedly prepared in the short term for a debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January. In the long term, the feverish efforts have produced a working lab on wheels that aims to become a plug-and-play testbed for new engine, fuel cell, and battery technologies.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Laser sensor detects 1-mm changes
Mike Likes:
Laser sensor detects 1-mm changes

A rugged, versatile laser sensor designed for difficult distance-based applications over a range of 25 mm to 300 mm has been introduced by Banner Engineering. The new Q4X sensor reliably detects distance changes as small as 1 mm on such challenging targets as black objects on black backgrounds or reflective items. High excess gain and a 64-element imager combine to minimize errors in detection, counting, and validating orientation. Great for challenging applications such as door-panel assembly and gasket detection, this unit's versatility allows OEMs or end users to reduce inventory of different sensor types. Intuitive to set up.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>NIST project aims to use 3D modeling from start to finish
Engineer's Toolbox:
NIST project aims to use 3D modeling from start to finish

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers and their industrial partners aim to add a new dimension to manufacturing capabilities. In a new project, they will demonstrate the feasibility -- and benchmark the advantages -- of using standardized, 3D models for electronically exchanging and processing product and manufacturing information all the way from design through inspection of the final part, a tightly integrated, seamless string of activities that manufacturers are calling a "digital thread."
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Image - Product: Easy gesture recognition design-in for toys, audio, lighting
Product: Easy gesture recognition design-in for toys, audio, lighting
Microchip Technology has announced the second member of its award-winning and patented GestIC family. The new MGC3030 3D gesture controller features simplified user-interface options focused on gesture detection, enabling true one-step design-in of 3D gesture recognition in consumer and embedded devices. Housed in an easy-to-manufacture SSOP28 package, the MGC3030 expands the use of highly sought-after 3D gesture-control features to high-volume, cost-sensitive applications such as toys, audio, and lighting.
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Image - Catalog: Latest Clippard mini pneumatics
Catalog: Latest Clippard mini pneumatics
Clippard Instrument Laboratory, manufacturer of the industry's most complete line of miniature pneumatic products, has just released their all-new full-line catalog. This edition features over 10 new product lines and includes specifications, technical drawings, and application highlights. Clippard has been serving the needs of design engineers around the world since 1946.
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Image - Product: Micro series lead screws in 24 hr
Product: Micro series lead screws in 24 hr
Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has added Kerk Micro Series lead screws to the Haydon Kerk Express Web store, with three different options available for 24-hr shipment. Standard and "prototype" style nuts also are available. Haydon Kerk lead screws and nuts can be modified to suit an application's dimensional needs. Prototype kits allow engineers to have parts in hand within 24 hr after placing an order. Custom screw materials, such as heat-treated 400 series stainless steel, are available, while custom nut materials, including PEEK and PPS, can be used to meet specific application requirements.
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eBook: Compare 11 collaborative robots
Robotic-gripper specialist Robotiq has put together a really informative eBook that includes a review of 11 popular and emerging collaborative robots for industrial applications. An extra comparative chart with all the main specifications of each robot makes the publication all the more useful. Learn key features, pros and cons, and main specifications of robots from KUKA, Bosch, ABB, Universal Robots, Rethink Robotics, and more.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Wheels: <br>Optimized curve braking provides increased motorcycle stability
Wheels:
Optimized curve braking provides increased motorcycle stability

International automotive supplier Continental has been developing and manufacturing anti-lock systems for motorcycles for more than 10 years. The German company has now enhanced its Motorcycle Integral Brake (MIB) system by adding a new function: optimized braking for curves. Up until now, Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) for motorcycles have been designed to maintain stability during straight-line braking only.
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Image - Inflatable antennas increase U.S. military agility
Inflatable antennas increase U.S. military agility
Inflatable ground satellite antennas are aiding the expeditionary nature of U.S. and coalition forces, enabling them to achieve high-bandwidth network connectivity anywhere in the world from small deployable packages. Fitting in just two transit cases, the GATR antenna provides the same robust data links as conventional, rigid satellite dishes but weighs up to 80 percent less.
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Image - Make injection molds 95% faster, 70% cheaper
Make injection molds 95% faster, 70% cheaper
Stratasys is collaborating with design and product development company Worrell to accelerate medical device development through the use of 3D-printed injection molding (which Worrell refers to as "3D IM"). Since 3D printing injection mold tools for medical devices, the company is producing injection-molded prototypes using final production materials in 95% less time and at 70% less cost compared with traditional aluminum molds.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
How Universal Robots optimized production by 35%
Watch how Universal Robots optimized production by 35% at the milling machine while offering an ROI of 18 months at OTV Plast. Letting the robot arm take over many repetitive manual tasks enabled OTV Plast to bid for orders not possible before.
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Windshield wrapping: Toyota takes on parts packaging
See how a simple change in packaging and handling windshields at Toyota made a huge difference in damage control. Associates at the parts center in Kentucky now use less packaging when shipping windshields, and the packaging material is clear for easy inspection through every step of the storage and delivery process. Brilliant! This is one way Toyota reduced or recycled over 780 million lb of waste last year and improved workflow significantly.
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