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July 07, 2015Volume 11 Issue 25


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New Online Motion Control Couplings Web Store Goes Live
For the first time, the latest generation of Servometer® precision motion control couplings are available for purchase on our new, online web store. These versatile, flexible couplings are capable of accommodating axial motion; parallel misalignments up to .076"; and angular misalignment up to 31 degrees. Choose between standard parts replacement, testing, and development. Servometer will design, test and modify custom couplings to client specification.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Wheels: 3D-printed Shelby Cobra
  • Aluminum alternative to Li-ion batteries
  • Simulating blasts on Army helmet prototypes
  • Wheels: Mr. K, Nissan's 'Father of the Z-car,' dies
  • Wings: Army's future vertical lift aviation fleet
  • Totally new 3D-printing technology
  • Revolutionary oil-free refrigerator compressor
  • Most Popular Cool Tools: Pen oscilloscope
  • Top Mike Likes: Raspberry Pi 2 is 6X faster
  • Top Mike Likes: Make your own bearings
  • Engineer's Toolbox: NASA's giant crawlers turn 50
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Iron's thermodynamics
  • Top Product: Copper foam
  • Top Product: High-hardness 3D printing
  • Top Product: Most effective wedge-locking washer?
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Secrets of Wired's Comic-Con Robot
    • Voxel8: World's first 3D electronics printer
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Most popular items last 6 months: Part 1

News

Laser-induced graphene proves to be 'super' for electronics

Alcoa Micromill aims to radically change the face (and speed) of aluminum manufacturing

Twice as fast as a jet: U.S. Air Force confirms feasibility of Mach 5 SABRE engine concept

How many American homes can Boeing's new wide-body jet power?



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New High Precision Controller For Piezo Motors
MICROMO announces the launch of the DMC-30019 Single-Axis Controller from PiezoMotor. The DMC-30019 is a customized controller/driver for use with Piezo LEGS® motors from PiezoMotor Uppsala AB (Sweden). The unit is built on the DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller Series, the latest generation single-axis motion controller from Galil Motion Control, Inc. With the Piezo LEGS® direct drive, motor size is significantly reduced and precision is gained by elimination of bulky and lashing mechanical parts.

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Feature articles
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 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 - Aluminum battery touted as safe, fast-charging alternative to conventional Li-ion batteries
Aluminum battery touted as safe, fast-charging alternative to conventional Li-ion batteries
Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast charging, long lasting, and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.
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Image - IED-like blast waves simulated against Army helmet prototypes
IED-like blast waves simulated against Army helmet prototypes
The U.S. Army is looking at helmet prototypes with optional parts to protect the face and jaw from various threats, including blast waves. But more parts lead to more surprises.
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Image - Wheels: Mr. K, Nissan's 'Father of the Z-car,' dies at 105
Wheels: Mr. K, Nissan's 'Father of the Z-car,' dies at 105
Yutaka Katayama ran Nissan's U.S. operations in the 1970s and is widely known as the father of the Datsun Z, the world-class affordable sports car. He retired from Nissan in 1977. In September last year, Katayama granted a rare three-part interview in which he reflected on his long and storied career in the car business and his philosophy about what makes a sports car great.
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Image - Wings: Army engineers define future vertical lift aviation fleet
Wings: Army engineers define future vertical lift aviation fleet
The U.S. Army, supported by NASA and the Navy, is developing a new fleet of joint aircraft aimed at addressing several of the capability gaps that cannot be satisfied by updating the current fleet, including creating a 100-knot improvement in speed.
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Image - Totally new 3D-printing technology is sci-fi tech right out of the movies
Totally new 3D-printing technology is sci-fi tech right out of the movies
Sometimes you just have to see it to believe it. Inspired in part by a scene in "Terminator 2," the new Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) 3D-printing technology from a startup company called Carbon3D harnesses light and oxygen to grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer by layer.
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Image - Little oil-free linear compressor aims to take refrigerator tech to next level
Little oil-free linear compressor aims to take refrigerator tech to next level
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corp. are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The team will redesign a refrigerator to incorporate Embraco's WISEMOTION linear compressor, which reduces energy losses by continuously matching the compressor pumping rate to the refrigerator's cooling requirements.
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Most Popular Cool Tools:
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 Mike Likes: <br>Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is 6X faster
Top Mike Likes:
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is 6X faster

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B credit card-size computer is six times faster than the previous model and now boasts 1 GB of RAM to run bigger and more powerful projects. This fast-boot, single-board computer is just screaming for your projects, featuring a quad-core processor running at 900 MHz. All previous Raspberry Pi projects are compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, and the expanded GPIO pins, advanced power management, and connectivity make it possible to connect up to four USB devices. All this, and the board is still 35 bucks! Since its launch in February 2012, over 4 million Raspberry Pi boards have been sold.
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Image - Top Mike Likes:<br> Make your own bearings: <br>igus presents the world's first printable bearing material filament for 3D printers
Top Mike Likes:
Make your own bearings:
igus presents the world's first printable bearing material filament for 3D printers

Plastics expert igus has introduced the world's first plastic filament for 3D printers enhanced with tribological, or low-friction, properties. The material, 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than conventional 3D-printer materials, is ideally suited for creating custom bearings. igus even provides some STL design model files too.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>NASA's giant crawlers turn 50 years old, pivot toward future exploration
Engineer's Toolbox:
NASA's giant crawlers turn 50 years old, pivot toward future exploration

NASA's crawler-transporters, two of the largest vehicles ever built, have carried NASA rockets and spacecraft to the launch pad for the last 50 years. Now these mega machines are being beefed up to carry NASA's Space Launch System (with the Orion spacecraft atop) and a whole lot more.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Understanding iron's thermodynamic properties
Engineer's Toolbox:
Understanding iron's thermodynamic properties

As you heat up a piece of iron, the arrangement of the iron atoms changes several times before the material starts melting. This unusual behavior is one reason why steel, in which iron plays a starring role, is so sturdy and ubiquitous in everything from teapots to skyscrapers. But the details of just how and why iron takes on so many different forms have remained a mystery.
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Image - Top Product: Copper foam
Top Product: Copper foam
Copper foam from Goodfellow combines the outstanding thermal conductivity of copper with the structural benefits of a metal foam. These features are of particular interest to design engineers working in the fields of medical products and devices, defense systems and manned flight, power generation, and the manufacture of semiconductor devices. This product has a true skeletal structure with no voids, inclusions, or entrapments. A perennial Designfax favorite.
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Image - Top Product: High-hardness 3D-printing materials
Top Product: High-hardness 3D-printing 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 powder alloy overcomes one of the major hurdles to achieving a high-hardness metallic part through additive manufacturing: the tendency to develop cracks during part builds. This material has successfully produced a fully dense (99.9 percent) crack-free part with hardness values over 1000 HV, wear resistance comparable to conventionally manufactured M2 tool steels, and a uniform microstructure.
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Image - Top Product: Could this be the world's most effective wedge-locking washer?
Top Product: Could this be the world's most effective wedge-locking washer?
You can count on one solution to meet all your bolt-securing needs using the Nord-Lock X-series washers. They combine Nord-Lock's unrivaled wedge-effect solution (to prevent spontaneous loosening) with an exceptional spring effect (to compensate for loss of preload due to slackening). When used in pairs, each washer duo has cams on one side and radial teeth on the opposite side to secure the bolted joint with tension instead of friction. Quick and easy to install and remove with standard tools, this is a great solution for handling vibration and dynamic loads, painted or powder-coated surfaces, soft metals, and composites and polymers.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Special effects secrets of Wired's Comic-Con Robot
The secret of Wired's Comic-Con robot is ... it isn't a robot at all. It's a cleverly designed suit that employs a combination of practical effects tricks to give the illusion of a lurching heavy droid. "Tested" speaks to the makers of this amazing suit to learn about its innovations (including a whole lot of 3D printing) and how it is unlike any special effect used in movie production.
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Voxel8: World's first 3D electronics printer
Voxel8 has created the world's first 3D electronics printer, allowing users to combine electronics with novel 3D mechanical forms using the same machine. Integrating embedded conductors, wires, and batteries into plastic parts doesn't happen in one super-simple step, but this machine demonstrates a key capability for the future of additive manufacturing: producing instantly usable 3D-printed parts with embedded functionality. New Autodesk software crafted for the Voxel8 printer, called Project Wire, provides a ton of options on the printed-circuit side. The printer uses highly conductive silver-based inks to make the circuits.
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