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September 20, 2016Volume 12 Issue 35


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Injection Molding Part Design for Dummies
Our 65-page “Dummies” book provides the perfect injection molding primer for those new to the manufacturing process and a helpful refresher to seasoned product developers who want a reference guide when designing molded parts. Read about the various techniques used to achieve well-designed injection-molded parts accompanied by detailed illustrations that can bring clarity to a sometimes complicated process.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Good Vibrations: New ultrasonic dryers
  • Design Tips: Cutting corners on injection-molded parts
  • New applications for ultracapacitors
  • Wings: Military electric UAV design is plane + copter
  • Mike Likes: Rings & Springs Material Selection Guide
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Going greaseless on a can-making machine
  • Surveillance Tech: UAV camera stabilization with brushless motors
  • Software: Modeling pneumatics systems
  • Sensors: FUTEK load cells work 4 years on Mars
  • Security: Electronic cam lock
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • A flyover view of the readychain® factory
    • Quickly create and document welded structures
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wheels: Elvis’ BMW 507 has left the building
    • Rubbery coating could ice-proof airplanes, more
    • Thermionics: Modernizing vacuum-tube-era tech
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: DARPA electric UAV is part plane, part copter

News

New type of inverter shows promise to boost electric vehicle efficiency and range

Army's next-gen hand grenade comes with options -- just hit the switch

Researchers find vulnerabilities in cars connected to smartphones

BASF offers new service: Foam-fill simulation of polyurethane systems for automotive interiors



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Cobot with vision performs palletizing in one-fifth of the space usually required
Norwegian company Nortura needed to optimize palletizing but with limited floor space and a tight budget. Find out how Universal Robots’ collaborative UR10 robot with a ceiling-mounted vision system provided a cost-effective and high-performance palletizing system in one-fifth of the space typically required. If no pallet is present, the floor space is available for other processes.

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Explore the complete range of collaborative UR robots.
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Feature articles
Good Vibrations: No heat needed for new ultrasonic dryers
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee aim to change the way Americans do laundry -- using vibrations instead of heat to dry their clothes. This new technology, called the ultrasonic clothes dryer, is expected to dry clothes in half the time and use 70 percent less energy than today’s products, saving American consumers money on their energy bills.
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Customizable precision motion is now available in ultra-compact stages.


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Design Tips: Cutting corners on injection-molded parts
Sharp corners have their place. Without them, we wouldn't have triangles, all birthday cakes would be round, and it'd be really tough to scrape a piece of gum off your shoe. But sharp corners can spell trouble when injection molding plastic parts, says Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineering Manager, Proto Labs, and product designers should be aware of the pitfalls associated with "being square" when developing their wares.
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New applications for ultracapacitors
Devices called ultracapacitors have recently become attractive forms of energy storage: They recharge in seconds, have very long lifespans, work with close to 100 percent efficiency, and are much lighter and less volatile than batteries. But they suffer from low energy-storage capacity and other drawbacks. MIT spinoff FastCAP Systems is developing ultracapacitors, and ultracapacitor-based systems, that change all that.
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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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Wings:
Military electric UAV design is plane + copter

An unorthodox unmanned aircraft under development by the U.S. military would push the limits of technology to combine plane-like speed and helicopter-like agility into one full-size breakthrough vehicle that's about the size of a Bell Super Huey.
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Mike Likes: Rings & Springs Material Selection Guide -- Key Factors to Consider
Choosing the correct material for your retaining ring or wave spring design can be a critical factor in the success of your application's performance and longevity. Smalley Engineers have created a brand new Material Selection Guide that will help you through the selection process. This easy-to-navigate visual reference walks you through the 5 most important factors to consider.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Going greaseless -- Ram redesign improves high-speed can-making machine
Engineer's Toolbox:
Going greaseless -- Ram redesign improves high-speed can-making machine

Can-making equipment is nothing if not specialized, yet the subsystems found on these machines offer a number of design lessons that can be applied more broadly by any engineer working to improve the performance and reliability of high-speed equipment. Learn how engineers and designers from Intech discovered that the traditional ram design suffers from three problems in the field. By focusing on lubrication elimination, they addressed all three problems with a new ram design that serves as a drop-in replacement for the traditional ram and provides a multitude of additional benefits.
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Surveillance Tech: UAV camera stabilization with brushless motors
Today, recon is dominated by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones, due largely to concerns for pilots’ safety and costs. However, photos and videos obtained from UAVs are only useful if they are crisp and clear, which requires both focusing and stabilization from micro brushless DC servo motors, provided by MICROMO.
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Software: Modeling pneumatics systems
MapleSim Pneumatics Library from Modelon is a new add-on component library to MapleSim, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform. This library can be used in the modeling and simulation of pneumatic systems for system design, component sizing, and control design, with applications that include construction equipment, machine design, and commercial vehicle design. Engineers can choose from over 100 components to model cylinders, motors, valves, nozzles, lumped volumes, lines, and sensors. For advanced applications, they can customize and extend components as needed.
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Sensors: FUTEK celebrates 4 years on Mars working on the Curiosity rover
If their sensors can handle four grueling years (and counting!) on Mars working on the Curiosity rover, not to mention surviving that "7 minutes of terror" and sky-crane landing, FUTEK probably has a reliable load-cell solution that can handle your application. For the Curiosity Mars rover, the special pair of FUTEK cryogenic load cells took three years to develop. They are responsible for monitoring the force of the drill bit located on Curiosity’s arm as well as the maneuvers of the robot’s drilling arm. Here on Earth, FUTEK offers a wide range of load-cell solutions, including miniature, S-beam, button, column, thru-hole, rod-end, and in-line models.
Learn more about FUTEK’s load-cell offerings.

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Security: Electronic cam lock
Illinois Lock Company’s new E903 i-LOCK is a configurable electronic cam lock with an easy-to-use interface. It features 32 programmable codes: one master code, one sub-master code, and up to 30 user codes. Each code can be between four and six digits long. The code can be a standard-use code, allowing users to define a code and use it until they wish to change it, or a one-time-use code, which will only lock and unlock once. The electronic lock (with mechanical override) is powered by two AAA batteries that are good to up to 15,000 operations.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Wheels: <br>Elvis’ BMW 507 has left the building
Wheels:
Elvis’ BMW 507 has left the building

The story of Elvis’ long-lost BMW 507 and its restoration is full of twists and turns. This is not simply a tale about the young GI Elvis Presley. It is also about the experienced “hillclimb champion” Hans Stuck, kissable lips daubed on white paint, a retired space engineer and a warehouse for pumpkins, a Chevy engine that was much too big, rubberized coconut mats, and door handles printed in a 3D process.
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Image - Rubbery spray-on coating could ice-proof airplanes, power lines, windshields
Rubbery spray-on coating could ice-proof airplanes, power lines, windshields
On your car windshield, ice is a nuisance. But on an airplane, a wind turbine, an oil rig, or power line, it can be downright dangerous. And removing it with the methods that are available today -- usually chemical melting agents or labor-intensive scrapers and hammers -- is difficult and expensive work. That could soon change thanks to a novel and durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed by University of Michigan researchers.
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Thermionics: Modernizing vacuum-tube-era tech to generate cheap power
When two scientists left Stanford University last year to join Cyclotron Road, a Berkeley Lab program for entrepreneurial researchers, their vision was to take thermionics, an all-but-forgotten technology, and develop it into a clean, compact, and efficient source of power. Little did they know that soon after arriving they'd discover a shortcut -- an unprecedented insight into the inner workings of devices that convert heat to electricity.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
A flyover view of the readychain® factory
Get a look inside the igus® readychain® factory, from cable production to final harnessing. In this video tour, see everything that goes into creating a fully harnessed igus® energy supply system, along with a range of available options and accessories.
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Quickly create and document welded structures
SOLIDWORKS provides smart tools that can help you quickly create and accurately document weldment designs. With SOLIDWORKS 3D design you can: use 2D and 3D sketches to create basic welded frames; define the basic welded frame with weldment members from a library of structural shapes; quickly create features, like end caps and gussets, with industry-specific workflows; accurately define weld beads and weld symbols with a swipe of the mouse; and easily create shop-floor documentation with weldment cut lists and weld tables.
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