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September 06, 2016Volume 12 Issue 33


Image - New Innovative Way to Take Up Tolerances!
New Innovative Way to Take Up Tolerances!
Smalley Linear Springs are a continuous wave-formed (marcelled) wire length produced from spring tempered materials. They act as a load-bearing device having approximately the same load/deflection characteristics as a wave spring. Linear Springs are now available as a standard part in carbon and stainless steel, with over 200 sizes.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA bets on bulk metallic glass gears
  • Flexibility in more ways than one!
  • What's wasting power at your house?
  • Stratasys goes big and reshapes 3D printing
  • Wheels: World's fastest truck
  • Engineer's Toolbox: BMW intake features Zytel PLUS
  • Minimize wear, friction in medical valves
  • Noteworthy: Compact precision ring drive system
  • Springs: Bearing preload series expansion
  • Motors: High-torque DC mini motors
  • Bonding: First instant hybrid cyanoacrylate adhesive
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • On Demand Parts Manufacturing: Quickparts
    • Easy automation with collaborative robots
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Self-lubricating tribofilm discovered
    • Strong and durable bendable concrete tested
    • Sensor solutions critical for drones
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Volvo Iron Knight grabs world's fastest truck title

News

Light-trapping 3D solar cells undergo testing on International Space Station

Army surgeon general predicts new tourniquet design will save many lives

Hard-to-beat Swiss foosball robot features a lot of brawn and little brains

Make your own bearings: igus presents the world's first printable bearing material filament for 3D printers



Image - New Standards For Precision in Micro Motion
New Standards For Precision in Micro Motion
MICROMO has launched the new MC3/MCS motion control family. The new controllers, 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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Feature article
NASA bets on bulk metallic glass gears for icy missions
NASA is developing technologies that will allow exploration of promising places in the solar system ranging from Mars to the icy moon of Jupiter, Europa. These locations have extreme environments that require hardware to withstand temperatures below -150 deg C. Researchers are developing unheated gearboxes to operate in these environments using custom bulk metallic glass (BMG) alloys invented specifically for this application.
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Image - Flexibility in more ways than one!
Flexibility in more ways than one!
Edge welded metal bellows allow for flexibility in axial, angular and parallel offset motion and provide the most stroke in the smallest amount of space of any bellows technology on the market, by reaching 90% of its free length. BellowsTech can customize size, shape, material, weight, length, and mounting connections to customer specifications.
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What's wasting power at your house?
Researchers at MIT have developed a device and software that can figure out exactly how much power is being used by every appliance, lighting fixture, and device in a home, with pinpoint accuracy and at low cost. The new MIT system has some key advantages over other approaches, including simplicity and data privacy.
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Image - Stratasys goes big and reshapes 3D printing -- Wow!
Stratasys goes big and reshapes 3D printing -- Wow!
Stratasys recently unveiled two new pieces of game-changing additive manufacturing technology: the Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator (build big, super-long parts) and the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator (the robotic printhead can rotate all around a part). If you're going to the giant IMTS show in Chicago this September, you will have the opportunity to check out these incredible systems firsthand. If not, well, we'll give you an inside look here.
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Image - Wheels: World's fastest truck is Volvo's Iron Knight
Wheels: World's fastest truck is Volvo's Iron Knight
Volvo Trucks’ 2,400-hp turbodiesel nicknamed the Iron Knight is the world’s fastest truck -- twice over. In June it beat the world speed record in the standing-start 500-m (13.71 sec) and 1,000-m (21.29 sec avg over two runs))categories at a closed-off test track in northern Sweden. Top speed was 168 mph (avg over two runs). The 4.5-ton record-breaker that features 6,000 Nm of torque is custom built in every way apart from the engine and the series-manufactured I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission. It has a fiberglass cab and many other weight-saving technologies. The mid-mounted engine is a significantly modified D13 unit with water-cooled intercooler and four turbochargers. The winning records are being reviewed by the FIA, the international motor sport association.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>BMW intake system features DuPont Zytel PLUS nylon
Engineer's Toolbox:
BMW intake system features DuPont Zytel PLUS nylon

An intake system made from DuPont's Zytel PLUS nylon, with its good aging and temperature resistance, fitted with an integrated indirect charge air cooler from MAHLE, helps to optimize fuel/air mixture supply to BMW's new six-cylinder gasoline engines. The innovative structural design of this charge air cooler means it can be arranged in the immediate vicinity of the engine, minimizing bulk and pressure drop and helping to optimize the balance of performance and fuel efficiency.
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Image - Minimize wear, friction in medical valves, catheters, plungers, caps, and seals
Minimize wear, friction in medical valves, catheters, plungers, caps, and seals
Medical device designers wanting to improve product performance should check out Quniton, a new high-performance lubricious product with permanent, low coefficient of friction (CoF) surface properties (providing low stiction and stickiness). Developed by Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, it is an ideal choice for minimizing friction, wear, and abrasion in medical valves, plungers, caps, and seals.
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Image - Noteworthy: Compact precision ring drive system optimized for high speed and high torque
Noteworthy: Compact precision ring drive system optimized for high speed and high torque
The Compact Ring Drive (CRD) system from Nexen Group features a precision-grade bearing and drive mechanism in a sealed housing. Freely programmable, three drive configurations allow the CRD to be optimized for high speed, high torque, or both, depending on the application. The combination of Nexen’s roller pinion technology with integrated bearing and motor/gearhead delivers a rigid, smooth system with zero backlash options from the motor through the driven load. The CRD is ideal for applications including cutting systems, gantry systems, medical products, robotics, aerospace, machine tool, semiconductor, and material handling.
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Image - Springs: Bearing preload series expansion -- smarter solutions for smaller applications
Springs: Bearing preload series expansion -- smarter solutions for smaller applications
Smalley continues to push the limits in coiling innovation. The expansion of the company's popular bearing preload (SSB) series adds diameters ranging from 9 mm to 13 mm. Now over 300 SSB springs are stocked in carbon and stainless steel, with free samples available to test in your application. The SSB series is a popular choice among engineers, because this single-turn wave spring helps eliminate bearing play and minimize noise. Preloading can reduce the possibility of bearing damage due to vibration (vibratory loading) and wear due to repetitive and non-repetitive runout.
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Image - Motors: High-torque DC mini motors
Motors: High-torque DC mini motors
With high-torque carrying capabilities reaching up to 6.14 mNm, the 17DCT brush dc mini motor from Portescap provides outstanding performance with efficiency reaching up to 85 percent. This 17-mm diameter motor can deliver higher torque per ampere resulting in better battery life, making it ideal for demanding applications such as medical and industrial pumps, drug delivery systems, miniature industrial power tools, tattoo machines, mesotherapy guns, dental tools, watch winders, and more.
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Image - Bonding: First instant hybrid cyanoacrylate adhesive
Bonding: First instant hybrid cyanoacrylate adhesive
Henkel has introduced Loctite 4090, a versatile, patented hybrid adhesive that combines the bond strength of a structural epoxy with the speed of an instant adhesive. This powerful combo delivers the first structural cyanoacrylate: an adhesive that offers rapid, high-strength bonding to a range of substrates along with impact and moisture resistance, and temperature resistance to 300 F. Versatile enough to solve both indoor and outdoor design and assembly challenges, the new tech greatly expands the capabilities of cyanoacrylates, especially in applications where traditional instant adhesives offer too little strength or are too brittle.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Lube revolution: Ultra-durable, self-lubricating tribofilm discovered
Lube revolution: Ultra-durable, self-lubricating tribofilm discovered
Tribologists at the Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a revolutionary diamond-like film that is generated -- and regenerated -- by engine oil reacting to a nano coating using the heat and pressure of an automotive engine. It could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of future engines and other moving metal parts.
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Image - Singapore scientists testing strong and durable bendable concrete
Singapore scientists testing strong and durable bendable concrete
Scientists from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Center have invented a new type of concrete called ConFlexPave that is bendable. The material is stronger and longer lasting than regular concrete, which is heavy, brittle, and breaks under tension.
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Image - A look at the sensor solutions that are critical for drones
A look at the sensor solutions that are critical for drones
In today’s fast-growing drone market segment, sensor technologies are often the unheralded secret sauce inside. In this article, Chris Winkler, Senior Product Manager Emerging Markets, MEMSIC, discusses the current state of drones and the sensor technologies that empower them.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
3D Systems On Demand Parts Manufacturing: Quickparts
3D Systems On Demand Parts Manufacturing, Quickparts, has changed the way product development and manufacturing professionals source custom-designed parts. Get instant, custom-generated quotes for the production of parts, anywhere in the world. Choose from a variety of 3D-printing and manufacturing processes and over 100 materials. Give them a try, and they’ll help bring your designs to life.
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Easy automation with collaborative robots: Universal Robots
Automate virtually anything with a collaborative robot arm from Universal Robots. From gluing and mounting to pick and place and packaging, a robotic arm can streamline and optimize processes across your production operation.
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