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July 19, 2016Volume 12 Issue 27


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Injection Molding Material Selector!
Proto Labs’ pocket-sized Material Selector is a quick reference guide to help you identify the right thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber materials for your next injection molding project. It lists specific measurements like tensile strength, heat deflection and durometer to ensure you have the most suitable material for your part’s application.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • How a NASA engineer created the modern airplane wing
  • Application Note: Landing-gear drop test
  • New transparent metal films
  • Wheels: New piston shape for Volvo Trucks
  • Mike Likes: Spirolox Installation and Removal Guide
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Incorporating eye-tracking tech
  • Motion: Next generation of precision motion controllers
  • 3D Printing: Get 50% OFF 3D-printed parts
  • Cool Tools: Digital oscilloscope tests motors
  • Robotics: Custom battery packs
  • Linear Motion: Mini voice coil actuators
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Edge welded bellows' performance, reliability
    • You crushed it! See stuff get smashed
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Parts 1 and 2 | Designfax Most Popular Stories
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: U.S. Air Force deploys BAE Systems’ laser-guided rockets on F-16s

News

Can your smartwatch give away your ATM PIN?

Creator of darkest material on Earth honored by IEEE

Get a grip: GM and NASA create robot 'power' glove that may help human assembly-line workers

Dumb rockets get really smart with a little tweaking: U.S. Air Force deploys BAE Systems’ laser-guided rockets on F-16s



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How cobots working in tandem pay back in 34 days
Task Force Tips, a manufacturer of firefighting equipment, wanted to better utilize personnel tending machining cells while keeping spindle time up and product quality consistent. Watch how two collaborative robots from Universal Robots use vision guidance to pick parts from conveyors and place them in CNC machines for milling. ROI: 34 days.

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Feature articles
How a NASA engineer created the modern airplane wing
Once dubbed "the man who could see air," NASA engineer Richard T. Whitcomb used a combination of visualization and intuition to revolutionize modern aviation -- by turning the shape of the airplane wing on its head. Today, nearly every commercial airplane bears the marks of Whitcomb’s several innovations.
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Nanometer precision solutions to meet your application needs >


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Application Note: Landing-gear drop test
Landing-gear manufacturers use load cells to measure shock forces and fatigue ratings during quality-assurance examinations. FUTEK’s LCA Family of miniature column load cells offers a robust miniature design for these high-capacity measurements. See how it’s done.
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New transparent metal films may cut prices on smartphone, tablet, and TV displays
A new material that is both highly transparent and electrically conductive could make large-screen displays, smart windows, and even touch screens and solar cells more affordable and efficient, according to the Penn State materials scientists and engineers who discovered it.
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Optimize mechanical misalignments, get hidden benefits
C-Flex Couplings combine the best qualities of disc, beam, and bellows couplings in a unique and economical new design. Made to couple two rotating shafts together, these couplings can accommodate large misalignments while transmitting high torque loads with zero backlash. Benefits include lower energy usage and less-frequent bearing failure, since less stress is placed upon bearings. Constructed using high-strength hardened stainless steel or glass impregnated polyamide flexures, these couplings require no maintenance and provide years of trouble-free life, even in contaminated environments. Flexible Pivot Bearings and Super Plastic Torsional Damping Couplings also available.

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Watch C-Flex Couplings in action handling misalignments.


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Wheels:
New piston shape has Volvo Trucks riding wave of increased efficiency

The Volvo Group’s new truck engines coming to the United States are more fuel efficient due to a clever new piston design. Waves on the piston crown improve oxygen utilization, boosting efficiency and producing less soot.
Read the full article.

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Mike Likes: Spirolox Installation and Removal Guide
To illustrate the ease of installing and removing Spirolox retaining rings, Smalley engineers have created the Spirolox Retaining Ring Installation and Removal Guide. Get this guide to learn more about Smalley Spirolox rings, including:
* Manual and automated installation;
* Multiple groove and self-locking installation; and
* Installation and removal techniques.
Learn more about Smalley Sprilolox rings.

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15,000 Stock Metric Gears
KHK USA Inc offers the largest selection of stock metric gears in North America. With over 175 types, in more than 15,000 configurations, KHK USA offers the broadest selection of spur gears, helical gears, internal ring gears, gear racks, bevel gears, worms and wormwheels, and other gear types.

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Engineer's Toolbox:
Incorporating eye-tracking tech enables new interaction between man and machine

Powerful computer chips, highly efficient infrared LEDs, and modern camera sensors now make it possible for previously complex eye-tracking systems to be adapted for consumer applications. These systems enable devices to detect the user's eye movements and recognize what the user would like to do next. In conjunction with established input methods, eye tracking opens up a wealth of new intuitive interactions between man and machine.
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Motion: Next generation of precision motion controllers -- V3.0
MICROMO launches the new MC3/MCS motion control family -- an extensive and versatile basis for the complete FAULHABER motion system. The new controllers are optimized for use with FAULHABER motors, offer electronics for simple operation with state-of-the-art interfaces for multi-axis applications, and provide a motion control system solution with the most compact integration into industrial grade housing. The Motion Controllers V3.0 are high performance, intelligent, networked drives optimized for OEM and automation applications.
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Image - 3D Printing: Get 50% OFF your first parts order with 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing
3D Printing: Get 50% OFF your first parts order with 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing
Get your 3D printed parts with the NEW and innovative online quoting system from 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing. Focusing on three core additive manufacturing processes and an integrated cast urethane process, you'll get the fastest service possible and the exceptional quality you expect from 3D Systems. For a limited time, receive 50% off your first parts order -- up to $500 discount! Offer good until July 31, 2016.
Learn more about it.

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Cool Tools: Digital oscilloscope tests motors for damaging shaft voltages
Industrial motors controlled by variable frequency drives (VFDs) are at risk of electrical bearing damage. The new AEGIS Shaft Voltage Tester Digital Oscilloscope makes it easier than ever to check in-service motors for damaging VFD-induced shaft voltages and head off bearing damage and costly unplanned equipment downtime. A complete package, the two-channel, full-function 100-MHz digital oscilloscope comes with a special conductive microfiber-tipped probe for exceptional shaft contact, a probe holder with magnetic base, and a compact carrying case.
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Robotics: Custom battery packs for robots and mobility devices
Custom-engineered, large-format battery packs for robotics and mobility product OEMs requiring specific performance characteristics are now available from Aved Electronics. They provide clean voltage with a typical <10 percent deviation, 1,000 plus cycles, high pulse up to 100 A, and capacities from 24 V to 200 V (10 A/hr to 100 A/hr) and up to 4 kW, depending upon the application. Battery chemistry and cell selection are optimized with respect to voltage, cycles, pulse rates, capacity, charging, and mechanical packaging requirements. They can feature rapid charge times of 1 hr to 85 percent where required.
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Linear Motion: Mini voice coil actuators
H2W has built its smallest moving magnet voice coil actuator (NCM01-04-001-2IB) to date, with an outside diameter of 0.40 in (10 mm) and a length of 0.735 in (18.8 mm). It has a stroke of 0.10 in (2.5 mm) and generates a continuous force of 0.10 lb (0.45 N) and a peak force of 0.30 lb (1.35 N). It weighs just 0.20 oz (5.7 g). This actuator uses a hardened shaft and sliding contact bushing to ensure long life and is ideal for oscillatory motion -- particularly in a number of handheld applications. Moving magnet voice coil actuators have built-in bearings, so there is no need for the customer to add mass or complexity to their motion system to integrate a bearing, and there are no moving leads to worry about cable management.
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Most popular last issue

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Parts 1 and 2 | Designfax Most Popular Stories, Products, Cool Tools, And More
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 our two-part Designfax special: Gorilla Glass In Cars, Quadcopter Torque, Raspberry Pi 3, Metal Glue, Wireless Car Charging, Army Unlimited Ammo, Metallic Glass, ABCs of Gears, Light Bulb Comeback, Camaro 10-speed Transmission, More.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Edge welded bellows provide outstanding performance and reliability
BellowsTech edge welded bellows provide outstanding performance and reliability, and can provide a solution to fit the size, weight, pressure, temperature, and corrosion resistant properties to fulfill an application’s custom demands. This newly released BellowsTech video showcases the capabilities and characteristics of their metal bellows.
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You crushed it! See stuff get smashed
Some enterprising guys in Finland with a penchant for smashing stuff have created their own Youtube channel -- and they want to share all the fun. “Wanna see stuff getting crushed by a hydraulic press?” they ask. This is the right channel for you. From cameras to ice to an old safe, a ball bearing, a running four-stroke motor, a motorcycle helmet, and more, take a few minutes out of your day to feel like you crushed this one.
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