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July 12, 2016Volume 12 Issue 26


Image - Completely Updated New Full Line Catalog: <br>Full of New Fasteners
Completely Updated New Full Line Catalog:
Full of New Fasteners

Micro Plastics introduces its new 300-page catalog #40 containing thousands of fastening solutions for engineers and product designers. Find hundreds of new problem-solving products, including Spacers, Washers, Clips, Clamps, Ties, Bushings, Screws, Nuts, Rivets, and Plugs. Micro Plastics specializes in Nylon threaded fasteners, but the company also offers extensive product lines for wire management and circuit board hardware. FREE samples are available upon request.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Raspberry Pi 3 is here!
  • Porsche four-cylinder engine history
  • Metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding
  • Can foam stop a bullet?
  • The BIG picture: Must-see Atlas robot in action
  • Strongest titanium alloy created
  • Ford GT supercar sports Gorilla Glass
  • BMW shows off carpet of light
  • Application Note: Quadcopter torque/thrust testing
  • No. 1 Product: Robotics modular kit
  • Top Product: What is electroforming?
  • Top Product: Plug-and-play motion system in a box
  • Mike Likes: 3M magnet bonding adhesive tape
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Self-clinching fasteners
  • Top Product: Math Software -- Maple 2016
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • 5 fun, easy Raspberry Pi project ideas
    • Inventor shows off 'Iron Man'-like diving suit
    • Show and Tell: Making a 3D-printed lightsaber
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Most Popular Stories/Products - Part 1
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition sports Gorilla Glass

News

GE helps turn Swiss Alpine peak into battery the size of a nuke plant

Can your rooftop handle solar panels? Sandia tests say 'probably so'

U.S. Army successfully fires miniature hit-to-kill missile

Roof racks are a big drag on car fuel economy according to Berkeley Lab



Image - Self-lubricating bearings for steam exposure
Self-lubricating bearings for steam exposure
The new iglide® HSD350 material offers self-lubricating bearings for use in steam chambers and autoclaves. Resistant to continuous exposure to temperatures of 356°F, high moisture levels, and high pressure, this new material is an ideal replacement for metallic options, which can hinder sterilization for the food and medical industries.

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Feature articles
Raspberry Pi 3 is here! Latest version of credit card-size computer board
Raspberry Pi lovers rejoice. A new generation of the crazy-popular and super-customizable credit card-size computer has been born -- and it’s still only 35 bucks! element14, the manufacturer and distributor of the Raspberry Pi, has launched the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, a board that is faster and more powerful than ever before and comes with built-in wireless and Bluetooth connectivity.
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See all the new micro motor offerings from MICROMO.


Image - Porsche takes a look back at its four-cylinder engine history
Porsche takes a look back at its four-cylinder engine history
The market launch of the new Porsche 718 Boxster this week represents the first time since the late 1960s that Porsche is implementing sports cars with four-cylinder flat engines. The launch presents a nice opportunity to take a drive down memory lane through Porsche's four-cylinder engine history.
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Image - Metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding
Metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding
A team of researchers at Northeastern University has created a glue made out of metal that sets at room temperature and requires very little pressure to seal. MesoGlue "is like welding or soldering but without the heat,” says Hanchen Huang, a professor and chair in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, who created the substance with two PhD students and started a company to feature it.
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Image - Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
EXAIR’s Super Air Knife delivers a uniform, high volume, high velocity sheet of air for blowoff, cooling and drying applications. Energy use is 1/3 that of typical blowoffs. Eliminates costly downtime of blowers. Noise is under 70 dBA at 80 PSIG. Web site offers detailed information.

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Image - Can foam stop a bullet?
Can foam stop a bullet?
In a recent video making the rounds on the internet, a piece of armor is seen obliterating a speeding bullet. Some experts in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate give their take on it.
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The BIG picture: Must-see Atlas robot in action
If you haven't seen it by now, it's time. Boston Dynamics has released a new video of its 5-ft 9-in. two-legged Atlas robot -- and it's a stunner. See the 180-lb humanoid walk in snowy woods, lift stuff, get assaulted, and get right back up. Atlas is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Body and leg sensors help it balance. LIDAR and stereo sensors help avoid obstacles, navigate, and manipulate objects.
Watch Atlas in action.

Image - Strongest titanium alloy aims at improving vehicle fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions
Strongest titanium alloy aims at improving vehicle fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions
An improved titanium alloy -- stronger than any commercial titanium alloy currently on the market -- gets its strength from the novel way atoms are arranged to form a special nanostructure. For the first time, researchers have been able to see this alignment and then manipulate it to make the strongest titanium alloy ever developed, and with a lower cost process to boot.
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Image - Ford GT supercar sports Gorilla Glass hybrid technology
Ford GT supercar sports Gorilla Glass hybrid technology
When tasked with developing lightweight and advanced material vehicle applications, a team at Ford approached Corning, a recognized leader in material science that introduced light and durable Gorilla Glass to the consumer electronic market in 2007. Interested in further exploring potential automotive applications, Ford engaged Corning to help research and develop a unique formulation for exterior vehicle glass.
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Image - Walk this way -- BMW shows off carpet-of-light path to your car door
Walk this way -- BMW shows off carpet-of-light path to your car door
It’s dark outside, but with just a press of the key fob, a striped carpet of light appears on the ground illuminating a curved path to your car. This clever design element, available on the new BMW 7-series, is based on special micro-optics developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
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Image - Application Note: Quadcopter propeller torque/thrust testing
Application Note: Quadcopter propeller torque/thrust testing
The quadcopter's four propellers are designed to work in conjunction with each other to ensure that there are no torque imbalances that could send the vehicle spinning out of control. But just how would a professional developer or hobbyist perform accurate propeller torque and thrust testing? Advanced sensor specialist FUTEK has the answer.
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Image - No. 1 Product: Robotics -- Modular kit for low-cost automation
No. 1 Product: Robotics -- Modular kit for low-cost automation
The Robolink D modular robotic kit from igus allows users to assemble custom robotic systems for a range of applications. Separate joints, which are motor-driven directly on the axis, are available in a range of installation sizes. A new, 6-axis arm with strain wave gearing (in two installation sizes) is also available, along with universal gripper adaptors. The gearing, available as an individual component or with integrated NEMA motor, consists of an outer ring gear and flexible, wear-resistant inner ring gear made from self-lubricating, wear-resistant iglide plastic. This solution offers minimal backlash and ensures a precise adjustment with incredible smoothness.
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Image - Top Product: What is electroforming? How does it actually work?
Top Product: What is electroforming? How does it actually work?
Electroplating may have been around for centuries but only Servometer® excels at manufacturing dynamic, convoluted bellows electroforms. Watch Servometer’s five-step electroforming manufacturing process and learn how they are able to deliver electroformed components that feature extreme tolerances, complex geometries, lightweight construction, structural strength, and how they can be applied to a variety of applications.
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Image - Top Product: Neat! Plug-and-play motion system in a box
Top Product: Neat! Plug-and-play motion system in a box
Rollon Corp. has launched Motion Box, a new pre-engineered Cartesian robot system designed to deliver users six different motion profiles that can be set up and running in a couple of hours. Motion Box covers everything from the human-machine interface (HMI) on one side to the output of reliable motion on the other end. Even the cable management is included. The initial system setup is already complete, so end users can get parts moving in a reliable and repeatable manner. Motion Box incorporates the Q-Motion Controller from Mitsubishi Electric, which features four-axis motion control, energy-efficient drivers, integrated I/O and network access, and a clean, efficient HMI setup.
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Image - Mike Likes: 3M magnet bonding adhesive tape
Mike Likes: 3M magnet bonding adhesive tape
Throw out those messy liquid adhesives. The 3M Magnet Bonding Adhesive AU-205 is a high-performance structural bonding tape designed to provide electric motor design and manufacturing engineers with an advanced tool for adhering permanent magnets to rotors and stators in high-efficiency permanent magnet electric motors. The product combines a modified structural epoxy adhesive with a thickness control system, all configured in a low-tack, double-sided tape that offers strong bond strength and chemical resistance, and is RoHS and REACH compliant.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Self-clinching fasteners by design
Engineer's Toolbox:
Self-clinching fasteners by design

Dozens of types and thousands of variations of self-clinching fasteners (steel, stainless steel, or aluminum) have been engineered over the years. Leon M. Attarian of PennEngineering provides three mini case studies where manufacturers benefited greatly by switching to self-clinching fasteners in their assemblies. This article is filled with insightful tips and suggestions.
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Image - Top Product: Math Software -- Maple 2016 offers advanced problem solving
Top Product: Math Software -- Maple 2016 offers advanced problem solving
Maple 2016 makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve math problems. This latest release includes enhancements through the entire product, solving more mathematical problems from differential equations, statistics, graph theory, and many other mathematical domains. New capabilities include: Organizing projects and Maple applications using the Maple Workbook, taking advantage of flexible and intuitive data frames, performing calculations with thermophysical properties, using Clickable Math to perform new operations, searching through over 900 exact solutions to Einstein’s field equations, and much more.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Most Popular Stories/Products/Cool Tools - Part 1
Most Popular Stories/Products/Cool Tools - Part 1
What were the most-read stories in Designfax for the first half of 2016? What products and tools generated the most buzz? Find out these answers and more in the first of our two-part Designfax special: Wireless Car Charging, Army Unlimited Ammo, Metallic Glass, ABCs of Gears, Light Bulb Comeback, Camaro 10-speed Transmission, More.
Go to the Most Popular issue Part 1.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
5 fun, easy project ideas you can try with a
$35 Raspberry Pi

Patrick Norton from Digital Trends scratches the surface of cool things you can do with a Raspberry Pi, that $35 credit-card-size computer board that makers and budding science geeks love. Why not make a vintage arcade console, an ad blocker (called a Pi-Hole) for your home network, or a DIY streaming box for your HDTV? Raspberry Pi boards and accessories are available at element14.
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Inventor shows off 'Iron Man'-like diving suit
CNN's Thom Patterson reports on Phil Nuytten, who in 1985 designed the Newtsuit, a deep-sea diving suit so groundbreaking that it was adopted by NASA and the U.S. military. Nuytten's company also built a submarine escape system for the U.S. Navy. Then Nuytten created the Exosuit, "kind of like 'Iron Man' come to life."
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Show and Tell: Making a 3D-printed lightsaber
Sean Charlesworth from Tested checks out a 3D-printed lightsaber hilt that was assembled from 14 individually printed pieces. Jacky "Valcrow" Wan, the designer of this model, also created a four-piece kit. All the files are available online. With some proper finishing work, it looks as good as the original prop.
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