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November 15, 2016Volume 12 Issue 43


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In this issue of Designfax

  • One pilot flies 500 coordinated Intel drones
  • World's first broadband infrared LED
  • Can dark roofs stay as cool as white ones?
  • Wheels: 10 great Chevrolet racing engines
  • Mike Likes: Unit Conversion Tool
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Material selection for valves
  • Micro Solutions: In-flight electronic fuel mixing for UAVs
  • Cabling: Secure data transfer in moving applications
  • 5-Star Product: Constant-torque position hinge
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • FlexNickel™ Alloy Metal Bellows
    • Pushing the limits of motorcycle design
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wings: World's most powerful aerospace gearbox
    • Tuned magnets made with 3D printer
    • New cooling method for supercomputers
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 10 great Chevrolet racing engines

News

Winner of Mouser Electronics' 3D-printing-in-space contest announced

Northrop Grumman to develop laser beam control system for next-gen fighter planes

High-performance batteries made from junkyard scrap steel and brass

It's the 'new 1040' for industry: FlexFile System highlights government, industry partnership



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How Universal Robots increased blast-molding productivity 30%
Linaset, a manufacturer of plastic moldings, installed a collaborative UR5 robot arm to perform blast molding, working in tandem with a human operator. Watch how the new cobot colleague increased productivity by 30% while ensuring premium levels of precision and quality. During the initial 6 months of operation, the company did not record a single malfunction or period of unplanned downtime.
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Feature articles
One pilot flies 500 coordinated Intel drones
If you look up at the night sky, you may catch a glimpse of a shooting star -- or 500 Shooting Star drones dancing and flashing in the dark. That was the scene in Germany earlier this month when Intel set a Guinness World Record for "The Most UAVs Airborne Simultaneously."
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See what's new in tactile switches from C&K.


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Osram debuts world's first broadband infrared LED
A new LED emitter from Osram Opto Semiconductors paves the way for everyday food analytics. Just point and shoot with your cell phone, and one day soon you may be able to determine the freshness of a tomato or the amount of calories in that ice cream cone.
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Can dark roofs stay as cool as white ones? Fluorescence holds the key
Elementary school science teaches us that in the sun, dark colors get hot while white stays cool. Now new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found an exception: Scientists have determined that certain dark pigments can stay just as cool as white by using fluorescence, the re-emission of absorbed light. The finding has implications for structures, car paint, and more.
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Mini Motors and Positioners
Miniature Piezo Motors are cost-effective and now available in ultra-compact positioning stages. Advantages: Piezo inertia motors are self-locking at rest with no heat generation, 12mm to 32mm travel, 10mm/sec velocity. Vacuum and nonmagnetic.

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Wheels: 10 great Chevrolet racing engines
Earlier this year, Chevrolet began consolidating its racing engine programs under one roof at its all-new Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, MI. This 111,420-sq-ft state-of-the-art facility is designed to enhance the development processes for the company's diverse racing engine programs. We take a look at the new center and the 10 great Chevrolet racing engines that have gotten the brand this far.
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Mike Likes: Unit Conversion Tool
Convert popular spring units such as force or retaining ring thrust capacities into metric units with Smalley’s engineering tools. Convert units such as mass and weight, angular measurements, velocities, temperatures, pressures and densities, and more.
Click here to learn more.

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Is your hockey team geared to win?
When a hockey player takes the game-winning shot, the last thing they want to experience is their stick breaking in two. Sports equipment manufacturers place their products under extensive testing to prevent this exact scenario to ensure product quality and minimize player injuries. In this example, a hockey stick is placed into an automated testing rig fitted with a rotary torque sensor measuring the torque applied to the stick as it hits the puck.
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Engineer's Toolbox:
When it comes to material selection for valves, focus on the application

Given the huge body of information regarding the properties of materials commonly employed in valve bodies, seals, and O-rings, the material selection process is becoming a routine exercise. The challenging part of determining material choice is actually verifying that the chosen material best fits the application. Gary Treadwell, chief engineer at Beswick Engineering, runs through the choices, their benefits, and their disadvantages.
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Micro Solutions: In-flight electronic fuel mixing for UAVs
Small UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) require reliable propulsion systems in order to achieve extended flight times with minimal quantities of fuel. Previously, the only option available for fuel delivery to the engine was a carburetor; yet it couldn’t provide an optimum fuel mix for all of the various phases of flight. A newly developed miniaturized electronic fuel injection (EFI) system can provide the benefits of fuel injection for small UAVs.
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Image - Cabling: Secure data transfer in moving applications for Industry 4.0
Cabling: Secure data transfer in moving applications for Industry 4.0
To suit the needs for Ethernet cables in moving applications, igus now offers more than 30 Chainflex cable types, all exclusively designed to suit a wide range of dynamic industrial applications and mechanical requirements. CAT7 Ethernet cables increase the data transfer rates of CAT5e and CAT6 cables by as much as tenfold to increase the communication inside Industry 4.0 facilities. igus is the first manufacturer to supply CAT7 cables for dynamic applications, and offers CAT7 cables in three jacket material options for rolling flex applications, as well as a torsional CAT7 option for robotic applications.
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5-Star Product: Constant-torque position hinge
The new RT-50 position hinge from Reell Precision Manufacturing incorporates unique engineering in a compact design to hold the angle of mounted components reliably in any position in small assemblies. The hinge’s scaled-down 5-mm size and constant-torque capabilities (1.0 lb-in. to 3.0 lb-in./0.11 Nm to 0.33 Nm) ideally suit demanding applications with limited footprints in consumer electronics, mobile devices, small appliances, and others across industries where precise position control for components is necessary and critical. As a value-added option for appropriate applications, a dual-ended mounting configuration enables a single hinge to be used in place of two. Many other types/sizes available.
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Image - Wings: <br>Rolls-Royce revs up world's most powerful aerospace gearbox
Wings:
Rolls-Royce revs up world's most powerful aerospace gearbox

Rolls-Royce has run the world’s most powerful aerospace gearbox for the first time, marking a significant step in the development of its new UltraFan engine design. The maiden run of the Rolls-Royce Power Gearbox (PGB) at the company’s facility in Dahlewitz, Germany, marks the start of a series of tests that will see the gearbox reach up to 100,000 hp.
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Precisely tuned magnets made with 3D printer
In the past few decades, we've witnessed the evolution of materials used in 3D printing, marveling at the use of plastics and metal, composites, carbon fiber, and more. Now there's something even more "attractive."
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New cooling method for supercomputers projected to save millions of gallons of water
In different parts of the country, people discuss gray-water recycling and rainwater capture to minimize the millions of gallons of groundwater required to cool large data centers. But the simple answer in many climates, said Sandia National Laboratories researcher David J. Martinez, is to use liquid refrigerant.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
FlexNickel™ Alloy Metal Bellows Offer Superior Performance Characterization
Servometer flexible, spring-like electrodeposited bellows are available in a wide range of sizes, lengths and materials, and can be custom manufactured in various wall thicknesses with outer diameters ranging from 0.020 to 12.0 inches and convolution lengths as long as 18.0 inches. Our patented manufacturing technology employs our premium FlexNickel™ alloy which offers superior performance characterization, and makes Servometer electrodeposited bellows exceptionally unique.
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Pushing the limits of motorcycle design and manufacturing
Matt Chambers, founder and CEO of Confederate Motors, talks about the impact that 3D Systems' Quickparts rapid parts and prototypes service has on his design-and-build business. With the exception of some engine components, wiring, wheels, tires, and lighting, 3D Systems makes every part of the super-boss P51 Combat Fighter motorcycle, saving a tremendous amount of time and hassle for Confederate Motors by being able to consolidate part production with one primary vendor.
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