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August 07, 2018Volume 14 Issue 29


Image - Powerful Brushless DC Motors with Integrated Control
Powerful Brushless DC Motors with Integrated Control
FAULHABER brushless DC motors feature high torque, high speed with a small size and weight, ideal for heavy-duty servo applications with frequent overload conditions as well as for continuous-duty applications where maximum operational lifetime is required. FAULHABER brushless DC motors are also available with integrated speed or motion control, providing a compact, easy-to-use motion solution for precise and efficient control.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • FCA creates new aluminum alloy for engines
  • Marines use 3D printer for F-35 fighter part
  • Major challenge solved for low-cost solar cells
  • Million-dollar Nissan GT-R50 prototype comes to life
  • Cool Tools: Smartphone with built-in thermal imaging
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Six surprising capabilities of modern hydraulics
  • Handy 10 transmitter with proportional control
  • Solenoid valves for commercial space vehicles
  • New advanced titanium alloy for high-temp aerospace
  • Powder metallurgy sintering seminar in September
  • Verify color accuracy in real time
  • Compact brushless DC servo motor with integrated controller
  • New 3M tape tackles high-temp fastening applications
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • How Universal Robots cut production time by 9 hr
    • New tiltrotors prove a popular choice for military
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Honda world's fastest lawnmower contender
    • Hydrogen power in a bottle for on-the-go use: Army
    • New record set for largest 3D-printed space part
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Nissan GT-R50 concept by Italdesign

News

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Scientists predict a new super-hard material with unique properties

New study finds that using your torso -- instead of a joystick -- is a more accurate way to pilot drones

Solar System Internet: New demo features Disruption Tolerant Networking



Feature articles

Image - FCA creates new aluminum alloy for engines
FCA creates new aluminum alloy for engines
A cooperative research effort between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Oak Ridge National Lab, and casting supplier Nemak has created a new aluminum alloy that stays strong up to 300 C (572 F). The new alloy can also be cast and machined using existing technologies. In one application, it may overcome the strength and thermal limits of the aluminum alloys used today for cylinder heads.
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Image - Marines use 3D printer to make replacement part for F-35 fighter
Marines use 3D printer to make replacement part for F-35 fighter
Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of "additive manufacturing," also known as 3D printing. They are starting with small and simple parts, especially when the only conventional means of replacing them is to order entire assemblies -- a process that’s time-consuming and very expensive.
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Image - Major challenge solved for mass producing low-cost solar cells
Major challenge solved for mass producing low-cost solar cells
An international team of university researchers recently reported solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells -- the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells. These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb almost all wavelengths of light.
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Image - Million-dollar Nissan GT-R50 prototype comes to life
Million-dollar Nissan GT-R50 prototype comes to life
In the space of only one year, Nissan and vehicle design house Italdesign have dreamed up a prototype and made the 50th anniversary GT-R50 concept come to life -- and they've done it with a Midas touch. The gold-accented, 710-hp heavily modified Nissan GT-R NISMO made its debut at the U.K.'s Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, with rumors swirling that it could be destined for a real-world limited production run.
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Image - Cool Tools: <br>Rugged smartphone with built-in thermal imaging
Cool Tools:
Rugged smartphone with built-in thermal imaging

Just available to order this month! The ruggedized Cat S61 is equipped with FLIR Lepton, the industry’s smallest, lightest, and lowest cost thermal imaging camera core. This Caterpillar-branded smartphone enables users to see in total darkness and visualize heat that is invisible to the naked eye. The new model includes a variety of technical improvements, including an increased temperature range of -20 to 400 C (great for things like vehicle diagnostics and asphalt monitoring), upgraded visible HD camera and thermal image processing, and live thermal imagery streaming for sharing results in real time. Under $1,000.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Six surprising capabilities of modern hydraulics
Engineer's Toolbox:
Six surprising capabilities of modern hydraulics

Bosch Rexroth's Dr. Steffen Haack lays out six capabilities for modern hydraulics as a strong drive technology that is well prepared for Industry 4.0 applications, which may come as a surprise to many. Don't underestimate the performance and intelligence of this highly precise and energy-efficient technology.
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Image - Handy 10 transmitter with proportional control
Handy 10 transmitter with proportional control
Scanreco Handy is a robust handheld transmitter with innovative proportional pushbuttons that are easily operated even when wearing work gloves. The speed of the controlled motion corresponds directly with the displacement of the button, enabling a higher degree of precision and performance compared to traditional one- or two-step buttons. Four proportional functions in dual directions can be controlled simultaneously. A second operational mode allows for further proportional and digital functions. Areas for function labeling with text, numbers, or symbols are located on top as well as next to each button.
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Image - Solenoid valves for commercial space vehicles
Solenoid valves for commercial space vehicles
Marotta Controls has launched CoRe Flow Controls, a new series of commercially available, high-performance solenoid valves for today’s NewSpace generation of reusable launch vehicles. It enables system designers to quickly move through the development phase with minimal risk, and its versatility allows for integration into a wide variety of critical applications, including pressurization systems, stage separation, and engine controls. The line consists of six flight-qualified solenoid valves designed around common components with operating pressures up to 6,000 psi (41 MPa). This standardized, high-volume production approach enables Marotta to offer lower cost components with shorter lead times.
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Image - New advanced titanium alloy for high-temperature aerospace
New advanced titanium alloy for high-temperature aerospace
Arconic has announced the commercial availability of an advanced titanium alloy called ARCONIC-THOR that is designed for higher temperature applications in next-gen aero engines and adjacent structures. This patented material is nearly 50 percent lighter than incumbent nickel-based superalloys. The proprietary formulation also demonstrates three times improved oxidation resistance compared to existing high-temp titanium alloys. Arconic has completed successful development projects of ARCONIC-THOR with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing, and Honeywell. A new project is in the works with Lockheed Martin.
Learn more about the ARCONIC-THOR alloy.
Read about Arconic's agreement with Lockheed Martin.

Image - Powder metallurgy sintering seminar in September
Powder metallurgy sintering seminar in September
Registration has opened for one of the powder metallurgy (PM) industry’s most popular programs, the PM Sintering Seminar. The event will be held September 25-26, 2018, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA. Held only every two years by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), this two-day seminar is meant for industry professionals either new to sintering or with intermediate experience in the industry. Topics covered will include information from basic theory and practices to troubleshooting and how to drive down the costs of sintering.
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Image - Verify color accuracy in real time
Verify color accuracy in real time
The LEX-1000 sensor from EMX Industries is used to measure the relative color characteristics for a wide variety of light sources and illuminated objects. It focuses the light onto a sensitive RGB photodiode, where it is measured for its red, green, and blue (RGB) composition. When all three colors fall within the programmed tolerance, the output indicates a match. This is a great solution for evaluation of all visible light sources, LCD and LED display quality, and automotive lighting verification.
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Image - Compact brushless DC servo motor with integrated controller
Compact brushless DC servo motor with integrated controller
Nanotec has developed the compact PD2-C-IP, a brushless DC servo motor with integrated controller and 42-mm flange size for use in harsh environmental conditions (class IP65). The PD2-C-IP is available as a brushless DC motor, with an operating voltage of 12 V to 48 V and a rated power of 105 W, and as a stepper motor with a nominal torque up to 0.5 Nm. Due to the field-oriented control based on an integrated encoder, both motors are controlled in the same way and differ only in their working point. Each motor is available in a USB or CANopen version. They offer effective and economical drive solutions when high precision and maximum benefit are required.
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Image - New 3M tape tackles high-temp fastening applications
New 3M tape tackles high-temp fastening applications
Since 1980, 3M VHB Tapes have opened the door to faster and easier assemblies. Now, the new GPH series from 3M combines the extreme, permanent bonding power and convenience of 3M VHB Tapes with high-temperature resistance. It can withstand operating temperatures up to 450 F, with long-term durability in conditions up to 300 F. Users will experience excellent adhesion to high and medium surface energy materials, as well as coated or painted surfaces. 3M VHB Tapes, including the new GPH series, replace traditional mechanical fasteners, subsequently eliminating processes like drilling, grinding, refinishing, screwing, welding, and associated rework/clean-up.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Honda preps Mean Mower V2 to reclaim world's fastest lawnmower title
Honda preps Mean Mower V2 to reclaim world's fastest lawnmower title
Revenge is sweet, and Honda (UK) is planning on getting a big taste of it later this summer. That's when they will attempt to win back the title for building and running the world's fastest lawnmower. Their target speed? A jaw-dropping 150 mph. Now doesn't that make yardwork more exciting?
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Image - Hydrogen power in a bottle for on-the-go use: Army plans to license nanogalvanic aluminum powder discovery
Hydrogen power in a bottle for on-the-go use: Army plans to license nanogalvanic aluminum powder discovery
Army researchers at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland have developed a novel, structurally stable, aluminum-based nanogalvanic alloy powder that, when combined with water or any water-based liquid, reacts to produce on-demand hydrogen for power generation without a catalyst.
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Image - New record set for largest 3D-printed space part
New record set for largest 3D-printed space part
Lockheed Martin has created a 3D-printed titanium dome for a satellite fuel tank so big that you can't even put your arms around it. The 46-in.- diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality testing this month, ending a multi-year development program to create giant, high-pressure tanks that carry fuel onboard satellites. The fuel tank dome was printed on an American-made Sciaky EBAM 110 machine.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
How Universal Robots cut production time by 9 hours
By having a UR5 robot tend four CNC machines milling dental crowns, Glidewell Laboratories optimized a substantial part of their production. Communicating with a vision camera, the robot is programmed to move on to a different shade if dispensers run out, ensuring fluent production and single part flow, while saving two milling operators per shift.
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New tiltrotors prove a popular choice for military
The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office has been awarded a contract to provide 58 tiltrotors to the United States Navy, Marines, and Air Force -- and to the government of Japan. The contract calls for several V-22 variants, including the new CMV-22B. The U.S. Navy will use its new CMV-22B for transporting personnel and cargo from shore to aircraft carriers, eventually replacing the C-2 Greyhound, which has been in service since the mid-1960s.
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