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January 22, 2019Volume 15 Issue 03


Image - Metal Bellows for Medical Applications
Metal Bellows for Medical Applications
Metal Bellows can be used for a variety of applications, from cutting-edge infusion pumps capable of delivering fluids, medications and nutrients to implantable devices made of Titanium. Servometer bellows, manufactured using electrodeposited technology, have low leak rates, custom designs and flexibility for motion. With in-house design expertise, our engineers will build a solution to match the speed, size and assembly requirements from rapid prototype testing to full production runs.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Army munitions that go further, much faster
  • NASA and Boeing fold F-18 wing with shape memory alloy
  • Stiffest porous lightweight materials
  • Mustang Shelby GT500: Most powerful street-legal Ford ever
  • Top Tech Tip: New Spirawave┬« Wave Spring Series
  • Engineer's Toolbox: 3D printing nylon parts with living hinges
  • Getting a grip on precision
  • SPIROL offers pre-stacked disc springs
  • 360-degree static eliminator
  • 'It's like Uber for manufacturing': Meet Xometry
  • How to download SOLIDWORKS weldment profiles
  • MathWorks accelerates aerospace design
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Sikorsky's top moments of 2018
    • Researchers developing self-healing concrete
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Most Popular Stories/Products 2018 -- Part 1
    • Most Popular Stories/Products 2018 -- Part 2
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

News

UTokyo engineers create a wireless charger you can easily cut to shape

'Environmentally friendly' flame retardant could degrade into less safe compounds

Toyota and Kenworth collaborate to develop zero-emission trucks

Researchers create tiny droplets of early universe matter



Image - Voodoo Manufacturing triples 3D-printing output with Universal Robots
Voodoo Manufacturing triples 3D-printing output with Universal Robots
Voodoo Manufacturing was racing against time to scale up their 3D-printing business by automating the loading and unloading of printer plates. The Brooklyn startup chose a UR10 robot with a Robotiq gripper and has now tripled output, enabling them to compete with injection molding. Why did UR win? Because no other collaborative robot offered the ease of integration now provided through the Universal Robots+ platform.
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Feature articles
Army gives details on munitions that go further, much faster
Researchers from the U.S. Army and top universities have discovered a new way to get more energy out of energetic materials containing aluminum, common in battlefield systems, by igniting aluminum micron powders coated with graphene oxide.
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Laser Machining and Precision Automation processes rely on the precision of XY/XYZ gantry stages.


Image - NASA and Boeing fold F-18 wing part using only shape memory alloy-driven actuator
NASA and Boeing fold F-18 wing part using only shape memory alloy-driven actuator
Bye bye motors! Engineers from NASA's Glenn Research Center, NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, and Boeing successfully used shape memory alloys to move a full-sized wing section of an F/A-18 Hornet this past summer.
Read the full article.

Image - Researchers create the stiffest porous lightweight materials
Researchers create the stiffest porous lightweight materials
A research team from ETH Zurich and MIT has developed and fabricated material architectures that are equally strong in all three dimensions -- and are simultaneously extremely stiff. The development work was targeted for 3D printing, but there's no limit to potential applications in the future.
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Image - Mustang Shelby GT500: Most powerful street-legal Ford ever
Mustang Shelby GT500: Most powerful street-legal Ford ever
We were excited last June when Ford released details of its 526-hp 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350, but now the pony car maker has gone one better. Arriving this fall, the all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever -- with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 producing more than 700 hp. Capable of mid-three-second 0-60 mph and sub-11-second quarter-mile scores, Shelby GT500 owes a lot of its impressive new attributes to tech transfer from Ford GT and Mustang GT4 racing programs.
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Image - Top Tech Tip: New Spirawave<sup>®</sup> Wave Spring Series
Top Tech Tip: New Spirawave® Wave Spring Series
Nested Spirawave Springs are now available standard from Smalley. Nested springs are flat-wire wave springs with multiple turns, coiled in parallel to produce high forces. When replacing a stack of single-turn wave springs with one nested spring, misalignment and uneven loading are eliminated, making assembly and installation simple.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>3D printing nylon parts with living hinges
Engineer's Toolbox:
3D printing nylon parts with living hinges

Prototypes 3D printed with selective laser sintering (SLS) or Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) often include living hinges that will later be injection molded -- but more care needs to be taken in the design stage. Protolabs provides important tips, calculations, and information about materials selection to make your living hinge designs successful and long-wearing.
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Image - Getting a grip on precision
Getting a grip on precision
A gripping system for small parts that is both quick and powerful -- until now, that was often only possible with pneumatics. However, a leading expert for gripper systems recently developed a mechatronics-based EGP 40 gripper that easily achieves the same performance of its pneumatic counterparts. FAULHABER brushless DC servo motors with integrated motion control are what make this impressive performance possible.
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Image - SPIROL offers pre-stacked disc springs
SPIROL offers pre-stacked disc springs
SPIROL traditionally supplied Disc Springs solely in bulk packaging, and it was the customer's responsibility to stack the Disc Springs into the prescribed configurations. Those days are gone. SPIROL now offers pre-stacked Disc Springs (greased or ungreased) in custom configurations packaged in shrink wrap with a perforated tab for ease of insertion into the application. The pre-stacked Discs are delivered intact to the assembly line, where the operator simply has to place the stack into the assembly and remove the shrink wrap. Applications include braking systems, pipe supports, pick-off spindles in CNC screw machines, and much more.
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Image - 360-degree static eliminator is CE, UL, and RoHS certified
360-degree static eliminator is CE, UL, and RoHS certified
EXAIR's new Gen4 Super Ion Air Wipe provides a uniform 360-degree ionized airstream that clamps around a continuously moving part to eliminate static electricity and contaminants. It is ideal for removing dust, particulates, and personnel shocks on pipe, cable, extruded shapes, hose, wire, and more. This engineered product has undergone independent lab tests to certify it meets the rigorous safety, health, and environmental standards to attain the CE and UL marks. It is also RoHS compliant. New design features include a metal armored high-voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, a replaceable emitter point, integrated ground connection, and electromagnetic shielding.
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Image - 'It's like Uber for manufacturing': Meet Xometry
'It's like Uber for manufacturing': Meet Xometry
Manufacturing is a notoriously finicky business. Smaller machine shops dependent on a handful of local customers in a single industry are particularly vulnerable to the whims of economic downturns. Since finding new work can be costly and time-consuming, some have been hoping for an Uber-like service for manufacturing. The Maryland-based company Xometry recently developed that very model. By Amy Kover, GE Reports
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Image - How to download SOLIDWORKS weldment profiles -- gratis
How to download SOLIDWORKS weldment profiles -- gratis
For those of you who have used Weldments for frame design and extrusions in SOLIDWORKS, you're probably aware of how easy they are to work with and create. However, you may not be aware that there are literally thousands of profiles that you can download for free directly in the software. John Hall from TriMech runs through what you need to know.
Read the TriMech blog.

Image - MathWorks accelerates aerospace design with MATLAB and Simulink
MathWorks accelerates aerospace design with MATLAB and Simulink
MathWorks has just introduced new flight analysis and visualization capabilities for aerospace design with MATLAB and Simulink. In Release 2018b, Aerospace Blockset adds flight control analysis tools to help analyze flying qualities of aerospace vehicles. Aerospace Toolbox adds the ability to customize user interfaces featuring cockpit flight instruments to visualize and analyze the motion and behavior of aerospace vehicles. Engineers can now develop continuous workflows from the early stages of vehicle design and development to flight prototyping, reducing time between design and testing. What's extra neat? Engineers working with in-house or third-party tools for flight visualization and analysis can now work directly within the Simulink environment for flight simulation, visualization, and analysis.
Learn about Aerospace Blockset.
Learn about Aerospace Toolbox.

Most popular last issue

Image - Most Popular Stories/Products 2018 -- Part 1
Most Popular Stories/Products 2018 -- Part 1
Sniper Rifle, Super Wood, Biggest Air Force Plane, Ford Mustang Bullitt, Fastest Rubik's Cube-Solving Robot, Lightweight Bike Design, New Raspberry Pi 3 Model, and more.
Read the full issue.

Image - Most Popular Stories/Products 2018 -- Part 2
Most Popular Stories/Products 2018 -- Part 2
1000-HP 1968 Dodge Charger, Super-Strong Aluminum, Largest Jet Engine, LEGO Life-Size Drivable Bugatti, Jeep Gladiator Pickup, Reasons Engineers Hate Their CAD, Sheet Metal Design Guide, and more.
Read the full issue.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Sikorsky's top moments of 2018
From the S-97 Raider helicopter hitting 200+ knots to Black Hawk's 40th anniversary to the CH-148 Cyclone's first deployment on a Canadian frigate, it was an action-packed 2018 for Sikorsky. The company also delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps -- the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps' fleet.
View the video.
Cambridge researchers developing self-healing concrete
Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK are using microencapsulation technologies developed by Dolomite Microfluidics to develop self-healing construction materials. As highlighted in a recent BBC News broadcast, the Department of Engineering's Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group is developing microcapsules containing "healing" agents -- such as minerals, epoxy, or polyurethane -- that can be added to building materials to allow self-repair of small cracks that develop over time. As cracks begin to form, they rupture the microcapsules, releasing their payload and stabilizing the material.
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