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October 27, 2015Volume 11 Issue 40


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

  • Anti-drone technology demonstrated
  • New inductive temperature sensing
  • Bye-bye cold plates: Liquid cooling moves onto the chip
  • Wheels: Axial DC fans cool electric formula car
  • Mike Likes: 2016 Cool Parts Calendar
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Experts answer retaining ring Qs
  • Metal Bellows: Seven key application considerations
  • Sensors: Measure all six components of force and torque
  • Joining: ServoClass couplings for med equipment
  • Motors: Drives for agricultural equipment
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Watch 3D-printed glass objects being made
    • Smashing pumpkins: Physics behind punkin chunkin
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • NASA 3D prints copper rocket engine part
    • Laser-like performance at a fraction of the cost
    • Microsoft world record for quietest place on Earth
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Anti-drone tech

News

Discovery about new battery overturns decades of false assumptions

Lockheed Martin tackles effects of turbulence on laser performance at jet speeds

MIT researchers say detour to the moon is the best route to Mars

13 negotiating techniques taught at the Wharton School of business



Feature articles

Image - Army, commercial engineers demonstrate anti-drone technology
Army, commercial engineers demonstrate anti-drone technology
With the explosion of military and consumer drone usage around the world, new anti-drone technologies -- from missiles to radio jammers to lasers that fry UAVs in the sky -- are rolling out to track, immobilize, and destroy flying threats.
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Image - New inductive temperature sensing reaches places other techniques can't
New inductive temperature sensing reaches places other techniques can't
The Technology Partnership (TTP), one of Europe's leading technology and product development companies, has come up with an innovative new non-contact way to measure high temperatures for applications ranging from foundries, machining and food processing, on aircraft engines and braking systems, and even for low-cost applications in the home.
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Image - Bye-bye cold plates: Liquid cooling moves onto the chip for denser electronics
Bye-bye cold plates: Liquid cooling moves onto the chip for denser electronics
Using microfluidic passages cut directly into the backsides of production field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are putting liquid cooling right where it's needed the most -- a few hundred microns away from where the transistors are operating.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Axial DC fans cool ETSEIB Motorsport electric formula car
Wheels:
Axial DC fans cool ETSEIB Motorsport electric formula car

Orion Fans has helped ETSEIB Motorsport, a team of Spanish engineering students, reach a milestone in electric formula racing. Orion Fans' Axial DC fans were a key element in developing the first effective fan cooling solution for the Formula SAE hybrid carbon-fiber Monocoque car's power system.
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Image - Mike Likes: 2016 Cool Parts Calendar
Mike Likes: 2016 Cool Parts Calendar
Keep track of your schedule in 2016 with the Proto Labs Cool Parts Calendar that showcases a year’s worth of cool medical devices, aerospace components, automotive parts, lighting elements, and more. Each month highlights what’s possible with 3D printing/additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and injection molding at Proto Labs.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Experts answer questions about retaining rings and wave springs
Engineer's Toolbox:
Experts answer questions about retaining rings and wave springs

Every year, hundreds of technical questions are submitted through Smalley’s “Ask the Expert” page. The company’s team of engineering experts answers the questions directly, but they also post them in a blog for sharing. This selection addresses some commonly asked questions about retaining rings and wave springs. Very useful info.
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Image - Metal Bellows: Seven key application considerations
Metal Bellows: Seven key application considerations
Metal bellows play an essential role in controlling pressure, vacuum, motion and more in a broad array of machine components and assemblies across numerous industries. This Servometer whitepaper showcases seven engineering applications that can benefit from the use of bellows and demonstrates the broad functionality of bellows in different engineering scenarios. Engineers are provided with important specifications (in terms of requirements and restrictions) that must be considered for an application.
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Image - Sensors: Measure all six components of force and torque
Sensors: Measure all six components of force and torque
The new Capacitive F/T Sensor, a low-cost solution for industrial robots, pressing force control, grinding, deburring, etc., was recently introduced by ATI Industrial Automation. The Capacitive F/T Sensor measures the full six components of force and torque (Fx, Fy, Fz, Tx, Ty, Tz). The sensor is IP65-rated for protection against dust and water spray, and hard mechanical stops are implemented for overload protection. Easy output options include computer connection via optional USB and Ethernet conversion cables. The Force Range (Fx, Fy, Fz) is 45 lbf (200 N) and Torque Range (Tx, Ty, Tz) is 35 in.-lb (4 Nm).
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Image - Joining: ServoClass couplings for med equipment
Joining: ServoClass couplings for med equipment
The ServoClass couplings from Zero-Max are the ideal solutions for the precise positioning requirements of today’s demanding medical servo motor applications. Typical applications include scanning systems, X-ray equipment, packaging, and nuclear imaging systems. These couplings feature fail-safe clamping hubs that provide maximum torque transmission in high-speed applications and are designed to provide superior shaft engagement without the use of keyways. Available in 14 sizes with torque ratings up to 2,213 in.-lb (250 Nm).
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Image - Motors: Drives for agricultural equipment
Motors: Drives for agricultural equipment
PITTMAN Motors has introduced its latest offering in a broad range of DC brush and brushless motors to the agriculture equipment industry. These DC gear motors with encoders are used in agricultural planting equipment for consistent dispensing of seed and insecticide to improve crop yield. Pittman offers a range of DC motors available with low-voltage windings suitable for battery-powered planting equipment: the DC030C series (a 30-mm diameter motor available in three motor lengths with output power ratings of 8 to 30 W) and the DC054B series (a 54-mm diameter motor available in seven motor lengths with output power ratings of 25 to 108 W).
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Most popular last issue

Image - NASA 3D prints first full-scale copper rocket engine part
NASA 3D prints first full-scale copper rocket engine part
When you think of copper, the penny in your pocket may come to mind, but NASA engineers are trying to save taxpayers millions of pennies by 3D printing the first full-scale, copper rocket engine part.
Read the full article.

Image - LED Pulser invention delivers laser-like performance at fraction of the cost
LED Pulser invention delivers laser-like performance at fraction of the cost
When Sandia National Laboratories electronics engineer Chris Carlen got enthusiastic about flashlights containing high-power LEDs, he didn’t expect his hobby to lead to the creation of a new, high-speed LED driver that delivers lighting performance that exceeds that of conventional sources at a fraction of the cost. In some cases, the LED Pulser can displace more expensive lasers.
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Image - Microsoft sets Guinness World Record for Quietest Place on Earth
Microsoft sets Guinness World Record for Quietest Place on Earth
Microsoft now holds the Guinness World Record for Quietest Place on Earth, and Eckel Noise Control Technologies (Cambridge, MA) helped the tech giant get there.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Watch 3D-printed glass objects being made
G3DP is an additive manufacturing platform designed by a team at MIT to print optically transparent glass. The tunability enabled by geometrical and optical variation can drive, limit, or control light transmission, reflection, and refraction -- properties that could have significant implications for all things glass. The platform is based on a dual heated-chamber concept. The upper chamber acts as a kiln cartridge while the lower chamber serves to anneal the structures. The kiln cartridge operates at approximately 1,900 deg F and can contain sufficient material to build a single architectural component. The molten material gets funneled through an alumina-zircon-silica nozzle. The project synthesizes modern technologies with age-old established glass tools and technologies.
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Smashing pumpkins: The physics behind punkin chunkin
See how American Chunker uses science and SOLIDWORKS to keep their championship-status pumpkin chunker on top. Will they be victorious again this year -- and even top their world record air-cannon shot of 4,694.68 ft in 2013?
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