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June 11, 2019Volume 15 Issue 22


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In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA new milestone on large Moon rocket
  • Model to accelerate hypersonic engine development
  • Metal foam stops .50-caliber rounds
  • Most powerful Ferrari ever is company's first hybrid
  • Mike Likes: New touchless rotary position sensors
  • Toolbox: Pistons made of sapphire? Who needs that?
  • Innovative rod seals enhance aviation actuators
  • Great Resources: Unit Conversion Tool
  • UV-protected and waterproof panel mount indicators
  • New Modular Mounting Systems from Ruland
  • New optical joysticks for medical and military
  • Extreme-force electric actuator for press and punch
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Learn about insert molding, undercuts, and more
    • How Nord-Lock washers work
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • KLM invests in Flying-V concept aircraft
    • How HondaJet used NASA facilities for development
    • New cellphone tech helps military locate shooter
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Ferrari first plug-in hybrid EV: SF90 Stradale

News

Turning waste heat into electrical power: New 3D-printed thermoelectric device sets record for efficiency

Stanford develops an experimental process to rinse heavy metals from toxic soils

BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover announce collaboration for next-gen electrification technology

Raytheon and United Technologies to merge to make aerospace and military juggernaut



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Automate High Precision Assembly Tasks with Intelligent OnRobot Tools
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Feature articles
NASA reaches new milestone on complex, large Moon rocket
NASA has achieved a significant milestone in manufacturing the first large, complex core stage that will help power the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on upcoming missions to the Moon -- Artemis 1. More than 1,000 U.S. companies are involved in the overall effort.
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This new 10-mm motor has double the output torque of similar products on the market.


Image - New computational model aims to accelerate hypersonic engine development
New computational model aims to accelerate hypersonic engine development
Argonne's new numerical modeling tool helps researchers better understand a powerful new engine -- called a rotating detonation engine -- that could one day propel the next generation of airplanes and rockets.
Read the full article.

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Metal foam stops .50-caliber rounds -- as good as solid steel at half the weight
Researchers from NC State have demonstrated that vehicle armor using composite metal foam (CMF) can stop ball and armor-piercing .50-caliber rounds as well as conventional steel armor, even though it weighs less than half as much -- meaning vehicle designers will be able to develop lighter military vehicles without sacrificing safety or can improve protection without making vehicles heavier.
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Download 52-Page EMI/RFI Shielding Catalog
Tech-Etch Shielding Catalog PDF features to-scale technical drawings, compression values, and metal thickness for over 100 BeCu and stainless steel Finger Stock shielding profiles. Interactive sales drawings for all shielding profiles as well as Metalized Gaskets, Fan Vents, and Board Level Shields can be downloaded. Catalog includes contact rings, "D" connector gaskets, conductive foam gaskets, knitted mesh shielding, elastomer gaskets, air filters, and honeycomb vents. A valuable reference for the design engineer.
Learn more and download (no registration required).

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Most powerful Ferrari ever is company's first hybrid-electric vehicle
Ferrari's latest creation is its most extreme ever. The 986-hp SF90 Stradale is the Prancing Horse's first series production plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, and the company says it needs all-wheel drive "to allow the incredible power unleashed by the hybrid powertrain to be fully exploited." That means 0 to 60 in 2.5 sec. Wow. Hope it comes with designer neck restraints!
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Mike Likes: New touchless rotary position sensors
Read the Novotechnik White Paper: How New Angular Position Sensor Technology Opens Up a Broad Range of New Applications. This white paper describes touchless (magnetic) angle sensor technology and how it can solve design problems other technologies can't. In addition, it can simplify existing on-line control applications by providing design engineers with an opportunity to reduce implementation and maintenance costs. This technology can solve problems from measuring through materials to existing shaft alignment issues. Product highlights include: touchless technology, resolution to 14-bits, 5- to 90-mm diameters, and analog and numerous digital output options.
Click here to read the White Paper. No registration required.
See available line of Novotechnik position sensors, specs, and more.

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Quiet, hard-hitting curtain of air
EXAIR's Super Air Knife delivers a uniform, high-volume, high-velocity sheet of air for blowoff, cooling and drying applications. Energy use is 1/3 that of typical blowoffs. Eliminates costly downtime of blowers. Noise is under 70 dBA at 80 PSIG.
Web site offers detailed information, video and more.

Image - Toolbox: Pistons made of sapphire? Who needs that -- and who can make it?
Toolbox: Pistons made of sapphire? Who needs that -- and who can make it?
If you want a prototype piston made of metal for research purposes, you have a lot of options -- you can even 3D print your own. But what if you need something much more exotic, like the second-hardest natural material? When Mid Michigan Research had just such a need, it turned to Insaco for the company's long history of custom fabrication of sapphire precision parts, often in unusual forms.
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Innovative rod seals enhance hydraulic and electromechanical aviation actuator performance
Rod seals for cylinders and actuators seal the applied system pressure toward the atmospheric side. They perform a critical function in preventing external leakage that may contaminate the immediate environment. The rod seals LB and LS from Parker Hannifin have been specially developed for the safety-critical applications in aviation and offer high reliability and wear resistance due to their seal geometry and material selection.
Read this informative Parker blog.

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Great Resources: 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. You should bookmark this one.

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UV-protected and waterproof panel mount indicators
Visual Communications Company (VCC) recently announced the addition of its new PML50 Series Waterproof LED panel mount indicator (PMI). The new semi-dome indicator offers the same great features as the other PMIs in the PML50 family, with the added bonus of UV protection. This PMI has a white diffused lens for optimal side distance viewing and UV-resistant lens for superior performance in outdoor harsh environments -- and it will not discolor or fade. It achieves full brightness in microseconds, even in daylight viewing conditions. Ideal for a range of industries where outdoor status indication is crucial, including maritime, oil, gas, transportation, and industrial.
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New Modular Mounting Systems from Ruland
Ruland Manufacturing now supplies a large selection of modular mounting components that designers can combine to make complete systems for positioning sensors, scanners, reflectors, cameras, coolant pipes, air nozzles and more. The diversity of component sizes and materials allows them to be used in many different industrial, food processing, and packaging environments. Parts that make up modular mounting systems include mounting brackets, bracket clamps, tubes, rods, tube end caps, mini-clamp tube connectors, swivel clamp tube connectors, mounting bases, portable magnet bases, clamping lever kits, and adjustable spring joints. The wide range of modular mounting components enables designers to customize systems to whatever the application requires.
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New optical joysticks for medical and military
CTI Electronics (an affiliate of Electro Switch Corp.) has launched a new line of optical joystick motion controllers and mouse pointing devices. Made in the USA, LightStick Series controllers exceed medical and military performance standards for electromagnetic and RF disturbance in applications to 200 V/m -- without additional shielding. The LightStick's patented noncontact optical sensor technology ensures highly repeatable operator feedback for the life of the controller -- up to 10 million cycles and a MTBF greater than 10 years of operation.
Learn more.

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Extreme-force electric actuator for press and punch
Tolomatic's RSX extreme force electric actuator family has been expanded -- this time with more options capable of replacing hydraulic cylinders. The new RSX096P Press Model is designed for pressing, punching, clinching, joining, and other applications requiring extreme force. This hydraulic-class actuator is capable of forces up to 40,000 lbf (178 kN). It features Tolomatic planetary roller screw technology for long life and consistent performance.
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Most popular last issue

Image - KLM invests in Flying-V blended wing concept aircraft research
KLM invests in Flying-V blended wing concept aircraft research
Is "V" the shape of things to come? With their eyes on sustainability, lightweighting, and efficiency, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a new cooperative agreement to work with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands to further develop the blended wing, boomerang-shaped "Flying-V" aircraft design, which aims to carry the same number of passengers as the Airbus A350 (314) but use 20 percent less fuel.
Read the full article.

Image - How HondaJet used NASA facilities for over-the-wing engine mount development
How HondaJet used NASA facilities for over-the-wing engine mount development
These days, computers handle a lot of the work for designing an airplane, but when it comes to seeing how well the new design will really handle in the air, there's nothing like a real-life test in a wind tunnel. NASA's National Transonic Facility is one of the best, and when the agency's engineers aren't using it to test their own aeronautic innovations, private companies are sometimes able to use the available space.
Read the full article.

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New cellphone, in-ear tech could help military locate shooter from the first shot
A French researcher has developed a proof of concept that uses tactical earmuffs or earplugs with built-in microphones to capture a shooter's acoustic information and transmit it to a soldier's smartphone to display shooter location in real time.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Learn about insert molding, undercuts, over molding, and more
Whether you need injection molding, CNC machining, or rapid prototypes, Xcentric Mold has you covered. Xcentric is a rapid manufacturer, delivering production parts in as little as 15 days. They can handle complex or simple part designs. If you are interested in injection molding, Xcentric has a lot of online resources, including videos about insert molding, undercuts, over molding, and more.
View Xcentric Mold's injection molding videos page.

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How Nord-Lock washers work
Can you get a design and functional edge with a wedge? In this animated video, Nord-Lock explains the principle behind their original wedge-locking technology, which secures bolted joints -- even when exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads. The company says it is impossible for this washer type to loosen unintentionally, due to the wedge created underneath the bolt head and nut.
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