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September 22, 2015Volume 11 Issue 36


Image - A new way to tie one on
A new way to tie one on
The 4ZERO Cuff is the most advanced flexible polymer handcuff on the market and is used by select police and law enforcement agencies that demand the strongest and most durable product available. Now, the same material used to manufacture the 4ZERO Cuff is available from Micro Plastics, Inc. in the line of extremely durable 4ZERO Cable Ties designed to perform and hold their strength in extremely dry environments and in temperature extremes from -30 deg F to 400 deg F -- conditions that can leave normal nylon cable ties brittle and broken. Available sizes include: 8 in. (50 lb), 14 1/2 in. (50 lb), 11 in. (120 lb), and 22 in. (200 lb).

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In this issue of Designfax

  • 3-ton digital camera
  • High-volume aluminum joining
  • IoT: Eenergy-harvesting efficiency 80%+
  • Wings: Adaptive robotic helicopter landing gear
  • Mike Likes: CadMouse for CAD professionals
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Maximizing retention of spring pins
  • Springs: Tiny but tough mini compression springs
  • Fasteners: One-way-motion torque insert
  • Motion: New ServoBelt rotary stages
  • Materials: Rugged TPEs with easier processing
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Can your designs withstand a shark attack?
    • Meet the Boeing 777X and its foldable wing
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Solid-state batteries -- safer and longer lasting
    • Wings: NASA tests 3D-printed rocket fuel pump
    • 125x better than full HD
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: DARPA adaptive robotic helicopter landing gear

News

U.S. distributed solar prices fell 10% to 20% in 2014, with trends continuing into 2015

Using 3D-printed inserts for quick-change molds creates new price/performance benchmarks for injection molding

Plasma research aims to make airplane flight safer

In-line testing using robots reduces human error and generates high ROI for sensor manufacturer



Image - Are You Spending Too Much On Metal Bellows?
Are You Spending Too Much On Metal Bellows?
Making an error when choosing the right material for your application’s performance requirements could be one reason a project is over or under budget. Finding the right material at the right price doesn’t have to be difficult. BellowsTech edge welded bellows are available in a wide variety of materials with a range of media compatibilities. Our newly developed one-page “Material Selection Guide” quickly and easily helps you compare leak rates, temperature ranges, tensile strengths, and more of various typical applications.

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Feature articles

Image - 3-ton digital camera gets construction green light
3-ton digital camera gets construction green light
The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera -- the world’s largest -- at the heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Assembled at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Stanford, CA), the car-size camera will be aimed to reveal unprecedented details of the universe.
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Image - Vastly improved high-volume joining process expands use of aluminum in autos
Vastly improved high-volume joining process expands use of aluminum in autos
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated a new process for the expanded use of lightweight aluminum in cars and trucks at the speed, scale, quality, and consistency required by the auto industry. The process reduces production time and costs while yielding strong and lightweight parts, for example delivering a car door that is 62 percent lighter and 25 percent cheaper than that produced with today's manufacturing methods.
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Image - Internet of Things: Ultra low-power circuit improves efficiency of energy harvesting to more than 80%
Internet of Things: Ultra low-power circuit improves efficiency of energy harvesting to more than 80%
The latest buzz in the information technology industry regards “the Internet of things” -- the idea that vehicles, appliances, civil-engineering structures, manufacturing equipment, and even livestock would have their own embedded sensors that report information directly to networked servers, aiding with maintenance and the coordination of tasks. Realizing that vision, however, will require extremely low-power sensors that can run for months without battery changes -- or, even better, that can extract energy from the environment to recharge.
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Image - Wings: <br>DARPA gives sneak peek of adaptive robotic helicopter landing gear prototype
Wings:
DARPA gives sneak peek of adaptive robotic helicopter landing gear prototype

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has conducted an experimental demonstration of a novel robotic landing gear system for helicopters. The adaptive system replaces standard landing gear with four articulated, jointed legs that are able to fold up next to the helicopter’s fuselage while in flight and are equipped with force-sensitive contact sensors in their feet.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>All-new CadMouse for CAD professionals
Mike Likes:
All-new CadMouse for CAD professionals

Designed using extensive CAD-user input, the 3Dconnexion CadMouse is the first mouse made specifically for CAD professionals. It combines powerful, ergonomic hardware and smart, easy-to-use software. It features a dedicated, full-size middle mouse button; QuickZoom; a smart scroll wheel; an advanced laser sensor; a gesture/radial menu button; and optimally shaped PTFE feet. Power users will have the CadMouse in one hand and the 3Dconnexion wireless SpaceMouse Pro or SpaceNavigator in the other.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>How to maximize retention of spring pins
Engineer's Toolbox:
How to maximize retention of spring pins

Spring pins are used in many different assemblies for a variety of reasons: to serve as hinge pins and axles, to align components, or simply to fasten multiple components together. When properly implemented, they provide reliable, robust joints with excellent retention. SPIROL Application Engineer Evan Dowell runs through the dos and don'ts of using spring pins.
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Image - Springs: Tiny but tough mini compression springs
Springs: Tiny but tough mini compression springs
BANTAM Mini Compression Springs are Lee Spring’s unique line of miniature springs. These stock products are offered in wire sizes .0040, .0045, .0050, and .0055 in standard outside diameters of .025, .040, and .057. BANTAM Springs are offered in a range of free lengths from .005 to 0.625 in. Stock BANTAM Mini Springs are made of Elgiloy, a corrosion-resistant cobalt-nickel alloy known for its high strength (10% stronger than Type 316 Stainless Steel). Great for med devices, aerospace, firearms, automotive, precision instruments, and more.
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Image - Fasteners: One-way-motion torque insert
Fasteners: One-way-motion torque insert
A unique “one-way” motion feature developed and engineered exclusively by Reell Precision Manufacturing is now available as an option for Reell’s patented TI-340 torque inserts. This advanced, patent-pending technology eliminates almost all the torque required to move the insert in one direction without compromising holding force in the other. This results in reliable holding force for the torque insert in one direction and the capability for easy adjustment in the opposite direction with virtually no resistance. TI-340 inserts generate the highest torque available in the marketplace for their size by delivering torque capabilities ranging from 2.00 Nm/17.7 lb-in. to 5.00 Nm/44.3 lb-in., depending on model.
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Image - Motion: New ServoBelt rotary stages
Motion: New ServoBelt rotary stages
Bell-Everman has developed a new type of belt-driven rotary stage that costs up to 50% less than the company's previous rotary stage designs. Shrinking the through hole allowed engineers to simplify the design of the stage's angular contact bearings without affecting accuracies, speeds, load capacity, or lifecycle expectations. The bearing simplification resulted in the bulk of the cost reduction. The new rotary stages offer all the precision and technical performance of the company's original ServoBelt rotary stages and are available with 16-mm and 25-mm through holes.
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Image - Materials: Rugged TPEs with easier processing
Materials: Rugged TPEs with easier processing
The general-purpose 8078B grade of TPEs from Elastocon TPE Technologies is a great choice for both consumer and industrial products. It can be injection molded, extruded, or blow molded, and even overmolded (onto polypropylene) for products that call for rubber-like properties (Shore A 82) and a good surface finish. Benefits include: high flow properties to enable complex part design, high impact resistance, excellent cold-weather stability, requires less material usage during processing, and is UV stable. Heavily lubricated versions are available to eliminate post-mold lubricant application.
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Image - Going solid state could make batteries safer and longer lasting
Going solid state could make batteries safer and longer lasting
Researchers at MIT and Samsung have developed a new approach to one of the three basic components of batteries: the electrolyte. The new findings are based on the idea that a solid electrolyte, rather than the liquid used in today's most common rechargeables, could greatly improve device lifetime and safety, and the amount of power stored in a given space.
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Image - Wings: <br>NASA tests 3D-printed rocket fuel pump and paves way for 3D-printed demonstrator engine
Wings:
NASA tests 3D-printed rocket fuel pump and paves way for 3D-printed demonstrator engine

One of the most complex, 3D-printed rocket engine parts ever made, a turbopump, got its "heartbeat" racing at more than 90,000 rpm during a successful series of tests with liquid hydrogen propellant at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. These tests along with manufacturing and testing of injectors and other rocket engine parts are paving the way for advancements in 3D printing of complex rocket engines and more efficient production of future spacecraft.
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Image - 125x better than full HD: Canon develops small 250-megapixel camera sensor
125x better than full HD: Canon develops small 250-megapixel camera sensor
Canon recently announced that it has developed a small CMOS sensor incorporating just shy of 250 million pixels. When installed in a camera, the newly developed sensor was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying 11 miles away from the shooting location.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Can your designs withstand a shark attack? Find out with SolidWorks Simulation
Watch this video to see Jacques use SOLIDWORKS Simulation to ensure his anti-shark cage will protect him against high-velocity impacts and crushing jaw strength from “Bruce” the shark. To cover his bases, Jacques will venture to answer the ultimate question: Will the cage hold up to a shark propelled at tornado speed?
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Meet the Boeing 777X and its foldable wing
The amazing, glider-like wings of the 777X take carbon composites to a new level. Longer and more efficient, these curved, revolutionary wings will change how we fly. With a 71-m span, the wings are 20 percent longer than a normal 777 and feature folding tips. The 777X program has 306 firm orders from six customers. Production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020.
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