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August 08, 2017Volume 13 Issue 30


Image - The World's First -- and Best -- Linear Motion Guides
The World's First -- and Best -- Linear Motion Guides
THK’s original technology is behind the smooth and silent movement of the "Linear Motion System." The LM Guide is our major product that put the rolling of the linear motion part into practical use for the first time in the world. This improves the accuracy, rigidity, energy saving, velocity, productivity, and service life of the machine. THK offers a full support system from the beginning design phase throughout the maintenance, and follow-up service.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA unleashing sonic booms on Florida
  • Mission Update: Voice coil actuator on asteroid mission
  • Heat-conducting plastic created
  • U.S. Navy electrifies aircraft carrier catapult
  • Torque sizing criteria for servo motors
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Making an airtight case for freedom
  • Mike Likes: Optimize mechanical misalignments
  • Multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers
  • EMI shielding gaskets offered in many materials
  • Direct drive linear motor with integrated encoder
  • NanoSteel launches 3D-printable tool steel
  • Print labels at your desk or in the field
  • Titanium Metal Injection Molding capabilities added
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Watch High-Speed Ultrasonic XY Motor Align!
    • Shrinking the telescope: Future of optical tech
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Army fielding new modular handguns
    • 'Drastically' higher res for your phone and TV
    • Imaging breakthrough -- magnets' internal patterns
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: F/A-18F Super Hornet tests electric catapult on USS Gerald R. Ford

News

New system can automatically retouch cellphone images and display result in real time -- before you take the photo

UW team develops fast, cheap method to make supercapacitor electrodes for electric cars, high-powered lasers

Boeing to modernize, add muscle to next-generation Chinook helicopter

History of Sandia Labs rocketry told in award-winning film, 'It Really Is Rocket Science!' available on Youtube



Image - Design Considerations for Complex Overmolded Plastic Parts
Design Considerations for Complex Overmolded Plastic Parts
Overmolding is a great injection molded process you can utilize in your part design to manufacture a multiple part assembly, color contrasts, add flexibility or eliminate secondary process assembly. Take advantage of this new feature from Xcentric Mold and Engineering by learning how to effectively design your part to be overmolded.
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Feature articles
NASA unleashing sonic booms in bid to study making them quieter

Residents along Florida's Space Coast will soon hear a familiar sound: sonic booms. But instead of announcing a spacecraft's return from space, they may herald a new era in faster air travel.
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Image - Mission Update: Specialized voice coil actuator onboard NASA asteroid-sampling spacecraft
Mission Update: Specialized voice coil actuator onboard NASA asteroid-sampling spacecraft
A customized moving magnet voice coil actuator from BEI Kimco is part of NASA's first asteroid sampling mission that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system. The special VCA was designed to meet the harsh requirements for a spectrometer moving-mirror application on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
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Image - Heat-conducting plastic could lead to lighter electronics and cars
Heat-conducting plastic could lead to lighter electronics and cars
Advanced plastics could usher in lighter, cheaper, more energy-efficient product components, including those used in vehicles, LEDs, and computers -- if only they were better at dissipating heat.
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Image - U.S. Navy electrifies aircraft carrier catapult
U.S. Navy electrifies aircraft carrier catapult
It may be "full steam ahead" for the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, but it won't be the catapult that will be steam powered. Less than one week after it was commissioned, the Ford launched and recovered its first fixed-wing aircraft in July using the Navy's new electromagnetic launch system (EMALS) and advanced arresting gear (AAG) system.
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Image - Torque sizing criteria for servo motors
Torque sizing criteria for servo motors
Servo motors and controllers need torque sensors to operate closed-loop feedback systems. The engineers at FUTEK understand that choosing the right sensor for your system can be complicated, so they've compiled three easy steps in their latest white paper to help you narrow down your search.
Read the technical article (PDF).

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Making an airtight case for freedom -- preserving Lincoln's handwritten draft of Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
Engineer's Toolbox:
Making an airtight case for freedom -- preserving Lincoln's handwritten draft of Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Sometimes it's fun to think about how you'd solve a particularly offbeat challenge if given the chance. Case in point is document preservation. President Abraham Lincoln’s first handwritten draft of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a historic document in the collection of the New York State Library and New York State Education Department, will soon be encased in a new high-tech home -- this one custom designed and constructed by NIST. How would you handle the task?
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Optimize mechanical misalignments, get hidden benefits
Mike Likes:
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.

Image - Multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers
Multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers
To support commercial vehicle manufacturers in meeting current and future emissions regulations, BorgWarner has developed an economical new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers featuring a compact floating core. Unlike conventional solutions that must be specifically designed for each application, the company’s modular cooler family includes four highly adaptable standard designs for maximum flexibility covering a wide range of engine sizes from 2.0- to 16.0-liter displacement. The new EGR solution offers high robustness against thermal fatigue and enhanced coolant distribution for durable performance even with minimum coolant flow, while reducing NOX emissions.
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Image - EMI shielding gaskets offered in many materials
EMI shielding gaskets offered in many materials
Tech-Etch offers EMI shielding D-Connector gaskets in a wide variety of materials. Five standard sizes of 9-, 15-, 25-, 37-, and 50-pin configurations are available in Stainless Steel; Beryllium Copper; X-, Y-, Z-axis Conductive Foam; and Metalized Fabric consisting of a metalized fabric over a polyurethane foam core. Additionally, four conductive elastomers fill out the D-Connector product line: Series 1000 Supershield silicone elastomer filled with conductive metal particles; Series 4000 Multishield composite material environmental seal; Series 5000 Monoshield for applications where the gasket is limited to 0.02-in. thickness and gap irregularities do not exceed 0.003 in.; and Series 5500 Weaveshield composite (woven aluminum wire screen impregnated with either a neoprene or silicone elastomer), and EMI shielding and pressure seal gasket material used for very small gaps. Custom gaskets can be manufactured.
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Image - Direct drive linear motor with integrated encoder
Direct drive linear motor with integrated encoder
The new SDLM-019-070-01-01 direct drive linear motor is the latest addition to the series of zero-backlash, zero-cogging, high-acceleration, high-speed, high-resolution, long-life linear servo motors from Moticont. Also known as an electric cylinder, this compact direct drive linear motor is just 0.75 in. (19.1 mm) in diameter and 2.75 in (69.9 mm) long. Protected inside the motor housing, the linear optical quadrature encoder is directly connected to the shaft for the greatest possible accuracy. This unit has a stroke length of 0.500 in. (12.7 mm), a continuous force rating of 9.7 oz. (2.7 N), and peak force of 30.7 oz (8.5 N).
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Image - NanoSteel launches 3D-printable tool steel
NanoSteel launches 3D-printable tool steel
NanoSteel, a leader in nanostructured steel materials, has launched its first product for the laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process. BLDRmetal L-40 is a case-hardening steel powder that provides high hardness and ductility (case hardness >70HRC, 10%+ core elongation) and prints easily on standard commercial equipment. This alloy provides superior performance to M300 maraging steel and is an alternative to difficult-to-print tool steels such as H13. Expanding the potential use of 3D printing in a wide variety of hard materials markets, BLDRmetal L-40 is designed to be used for parts including tools, dies, bearings and gears.
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Image - Print labels at your desk or in the field
Print labels at your desk or in the field
Epson LABELWORKS PX introduces the LW-PX400, a portable industrial label and wire-marking printer for creating professional labels and markers wirelessly or via USB. This unit is the smallest, lightest, and most flexible printer on the market and can work wirelessly in the field (iOS and Android mobile devices, PCs, and Macs). The Datacom app is designed to streamline labeling jobs common in the telecom and datacom industries. Pre-loaded TIA-606-B patch-panel templates from selected hardware manufacturers make it easy to fit data into different-sized panels. The iLabel app includes industrial graphics, photo import, pre-formatted templates, speech-to-text recognition, date-time stamp, and works with Google Drive and Dropbox cloud storage. Lifetime warranty.
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Image - Smith Metals Products adds Titanium Metal Injection Molding capabilities
Smith Metals Products adds Titanium Metal Injection Molding capabilities
Smith Metals Products has added Titanium Metal Injection Molding (TiMIM) capabilities to its MIM portfolio of materials that include stainless steels, alloys, and ceramics. TiMIM involves mixing powdered Titanium metal with a binder material to compose a feedstock capable of being handled by injection molding equipment. Metal injection molding allows complex Titanium parts to be shaped with precision in a single operation and in high volume as compared to traditional Titanium machined metal components. Adding TiMIM capabilities opens a new, wider range of component applications for Smith Metal Products, where strength-to-weight ratio parts are desired. It is often accomplished with superior features using Titanium compared to other strong (but much heavier) metals like steels.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Army fielding new modular handguns
Army fielding new modular handguns
Soldiers have many reasons to be excited about the new Sig Sauer modular handguns, which the Army will begin fielding in November. Testing of the modular handgun system, or MHS, this spring by Soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground resulted in overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Read the full article.

Image - New display tech could bring 'drastically' higher resolution to your phone and TV
New display tech could bring 'drastically' higher resolution to your phone and TV
Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a new color-changing surface tunable through electrical voltage -- a breakthrough that could lead to three times the resolution for televisions, smartphones, and other devices.
Read the full article.

Image - Imaging breakthrough reveals magnets' internal patterns
Imaging breakthrough reveals magnets' internal patterns
Magnets play a vital role in everyday life, are used in everything from hard drives to energy production, and scientists have already been able to study the structure of thin films of magnetic materials. However, imaging the inner structure of thicker forms of magnets has remained an experimental challenge until now.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Watch High-Speed Ultrasonic XY Motor Align!
This miniature XY linear stage with piezo-ceramic motors combines sub-micron precision with excellent dynamics -- ideal for optics, medical design and photonics applications. In addition to the high speed up to 200 mm/sec, the low inertia (direct drive, no rotating parts) allows for a rapid start-stop behavior with settling times in the milliseconds. How can you use this XY stage?
WATCH the video

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Shrinking the telescope: The future of optical technology
Telescopes could dramatically shrink by up to 90% in size and weight in the future with a next-gen Lockheed Martin technology called SPIDER. A thin, scalable array of tiny lenslets piece together visual information like a jigsaw puzzle (a science called interferometry) and will eliminate all the bulk of traditional telescopes. Lighter instruments that are faster to build mean cheaper launches, multi-mission spacecraft, and even benefits down here on Earth.
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