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August 06, 2019Volume 15 Issue 29


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Eliminate The Need For A Dynamic Seal
BellowsTech edge welded metal bellows can eliminate the need for a dynamic seal, when used within a bearing housing to translate rotation from an input shaft to a co-linear output shaft while sealing hermetically. Linear and angular motion for "wobble stick" applications is also available.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • 2019 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Award winners
  • Partnership rises to cool challenge
  • 5X better: New approach for HVAC heat exchangers
  • Most advanced Ford track car ever: GT Mk II
  • New world record for strongest adhesive
  • 50 Years Ago: The recovery of Apollo 11
  • On-Demand Webinar: Rapid vs. Traditional Manufacturing
  • Cool Tools: METHOD X -- ABS 3D printing for the desktop
  • Cybersecurity for embedded military applications
  • New pan-tilt stages ideal for positioning, inspection, assembly
  • Flexible circuit design guide
  • Comparison guide for plastic material performance
  • 5 most important factors to consider for hydraulic fittings
  • Hybrid stepper motor/lead screw actuator
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots optimizes glue dispensing
    • Inertial navigation applications for CAN BUS
    • Moonshot: Air Force contributions to Saturn V
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • 2020 Corvette Stingray: First-ever mid-engine
    • Army hydrogen-generation discovery
    • Navy develops eco-friendly topcoat for aircraft
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Limited Edition Ford GT Mk II

News

New low-cost thermoelectric material works at room temperature

New window film developed in Sweden could even out the indoor temperature using solar energy only

Small but mighty: Mini plasma-powered satellite may launch new era in space exploration

NASA remembers Chris Kraft, first flight director and creator of Mission Control concept



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Expanding the Universe of Motion
MICROMO is now FAULHABER MICROMO! Now reorganized as a united, fully integrated part of FAULHABER Drive Systems, FAULHABER MICROMO will amplify existing design and engineering capabilities. This reorganization equates to improved customer support, faster lead times on products, and additional motion control expertise for OEM customers in North America.
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Feature articles
2019 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Award winners announced
The winners of the 2019 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition were announced during POWDERMET2019, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, at an awards luncheon June 24. Sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation, entries were judged on design, use of innovative tooling or fabricating technique, precision, and application.
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Xometry is the industry leader in custom, quick-turn CNC machining services.


Image - Partnership rises to cool challenge using best-kept secret in the circuit breaker industry
Partnership rises to cool challenge using best-kept secret in the circuit breaker industry
When a fast-growing food supplier in the Bahamas began construction on a new refrigerated warehouse 20 times the size of their previous building, they needed to find a refrigeration solution that would keep their power use and costs down. Their commercial refrigeration specialist, FriconUSA, worked with low-voltage component manufacturer NOARK Electric to create a flexible product, control costs, reduce energy consumption, and deploy it all very quickly. The final results included an impressive 20 percent reduction in energy consumption.
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5X better: New approach for HVAC heat exchangers
Turbulent heat exchangers are widely used in HVAC systems around the world, and a new study demonstrates a simple modification that can improve their capability by up to 500 percent.
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Image - Most advanced Ford track car ever: GT Mk II
Most advanced Ford track car ever: GT Mk II
The limited-edition Ford GT Mk II answers the question, "What can be done without rules?" says Larry Holt, chief technical officer, Multimatic, the co-creator of the 700-hp, track-only version of the GT. Engineered without race series regulations and limitations, it produces 200 hp more than the GT race car and includes aerodynamic enhancements for added downforce, further weight savings, and chassis updates for better handling.
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New world record for strongest adhesive
DELO, one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial adhesives for automotive, consumer, and industrial electronics applications, has broken the world record for achieving the heaviest lift using adhesive. The company lifted an 18-ton truck and held it in the air for one full hour -- suspended from a bonded aluminum cylinder.
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Image - 50 Years Ago: The recovery of Apollo 11
50 Years Ago: The recovery of Apollo 11
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 was 47,000 miles from Earth and rapidly accelerating toward its home planet when astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins awoke for their last day in space, preparing for their splashdown in the Pacific Ocean 950 miles southwest of Hawaii. [Countdown Series: 50th anniversary of Apollo 11]
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On-Demand Webinar: Rapid vs. Traditional Manufacturing
The plastic injection molding industry and its manufacturing processes have evolved through the years. Gain an understanding of the differences between the rapid and traditional manufacturing processes and how each directly influences and impacts the outcome of parts, costs, and speed to market. When you attend this webinar, you will:
  • Gain an understanding of the differences between the rapid and traditional manufacturing processes
  • Learn about the injection molding component development process
  • Discover the key factors that impact getting your product to market faster
  • Understand the features of aluminum and steel molds
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Image - Cool Tools: METHOD X -- Real ABS 3D printing for the desktop
Cool Tools: METHOD X -- Real ABS 3D printing for the desktop
Powered by Stratasys, METHOD X from MakerBot is a new manufacturing workstation that can deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex, durable parts -- at a fraction of industrial 3D-printing costs. METHOD X can print real ABS that can withstand up to 15°C higher temperatures, is up to 26 percent more rigid, and up to 12 percent stronger than modified ABS formulations used on desktop 3D-printer competitors. Real ABS parts printed on METHOD X have no warping or cracking that typically occurs when printing modified ABS on desktop platforms without heated chambers. The price is pretty attractive too.
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Cybersecurity for embedded military applications
Designed to secure critical data within embedded military and defense applications, Aitech Group's C875 uses the new 8th generation Intel Xeon E processor to provide advanced cybersecurity as well as exceptional processing performance. As the risk of tamper attacks and theft of data continues to increase at all levels of embedded computing, the new 3U VPX SBC incorporates Aitech's proprietary AiSecure architecture to help protect against data breaches that may occur at the system site itself. The board features an Intel Xeon E-2176 M 6-core (12-thread) architecture with 12 MB of integrated Smartcache, delivering an impressive 2.7 GHz of performance that increases up to 4.4 GHz when Turbo Mode is enabled.
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Image - New pan-tilt stages ideal for positioning, inspection, assembly
New pan-tilt stages ideal for positioning, inspection, assembly
A pair of high-resolution, motorized pan-tilt stages has been added to the extensive line of OES (Optimal Engineering Systems) motion control products. The PT60-1 Pan-Tilt Stage is a combination of two 60-mm (2.362-in.) rotary stages, and the PT100-1 is a combination of two 100-mm (3.937-in.) rotary stages, set at a 90° angle to each other. The rotary stage of each pan-tilt unit features a high repeatability of 0.005° (18 arc-sec), a positional accuracy of 0.005° (18 arc-sec), and a resolution of 0.001° = 3.6" (10 micro-steps per step motor driver in use). They are ideal for scanning, testing, inspection, assembly, positioning, laser and micro machining, pointing optics and cameras, and other applications.
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Flexible circuit design guide
Tech-Etch uses advanced techniques to manufacture flex and rigid-flex circuits to exacting customer specifications. Special processes include selective plating a single circuit with two different finishes, contoured circuits with variable metal thickness, semi-additive and subtractive techniques, open window or cantilevered contact leads, plus SMT for component assembly. Tech-Etch specializes in flexible circuits for medical device, medical implant, diagnostic ultrasound, and patient monitoring applications, in addition to telecommunications, aerospace, semiconductor, and other high-reliability electronic applications.
Learn about flex circuits and download the guide (no registration required).

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Comparison guide for plastic material performance
When you're choosing the best plastic material for your injection molding project, you have literally thousands of materials to choose from and lots of factors to consider, such as cost, strength, and temperature range. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a chart that compared the most common plastic materials? ICOMold has made one and put it in the shape of penguin, because they're clever and, well, it's fun. Their Plastic Performance Penguin is very useful too. Save this one for future reference.
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5 most important factors to consider for hydraulic fittings
OEMs and fitting manufacturers are constantly finding new ways to stump us with different threads and new ways to seal them. Generally, however, when making hydraulic fitting connection choices today, there are several features to research and understand for your application. Kyri McDonough from the Hose Products Division at Parker Hannifin runs through the connections, attachment styles, and the five most important factors you need to consider for hydraulic fittings.
Read the Parker blog.

Image - Hybrid stepper motor/lead screw actuator with antirotational guidance built in
Hybrid stepper motor/lead screw actuator with antirotational guidance built in
Thomson Industries has expanded its line of stepper motor linear actuators with models featuring built-in anti-rotational guidance. The new motorized lead screw actuator (MLA) product saves designers of high-precision, shorter-stroke applications the cost, time, and maintenance worries related to designing and building externally guided systems themselves. The MLA design eliminates the need for external guidance by surrounding the shaft with an aluminum cover tube with molded internal splines that lock onto the nut to keep it from turning. This design also features an integrated bushing that enables it to withstand small radial and moment loads. Best suited for space-constrained, force-sensitive applications requiring shorter strokes that must be repeated with high precision with loads lighter than 200 lbf.
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Image - 2020 Corvette Stingray: First-ever mid-engine for the line aims to keep it fast and affordable
2020 Corvette Stingray: First-ever mid-engine for the line aims to keep it fast and affordable
What's new about the 2020 Corvette Stingray? Everything! The first-ever production mid-engine for the line features "supercar-level craftsmanship" and is also the fastest, most powerful entry Corvette ever -- 0 to 60 mph in under 3 sec. Purists may freak at the engine placement, but the pop-top car's developers say the traditional front-engine vehicle had reached its limits of performance. As for the design's heavy emphasis on angular lines, that could be a turnoff for long-time Corvette fans too. But the price is right, and GM says that is a big bonus.
Read the full article.

Image - Army's hydrogen-generation discovery may spur new industry of on-demand production
Army's hydrogen-generation discovery may spur new industry of on-demand production
Army officials recently announced the exclusive licensing of a new technology designed to harvest hydrogen from an aluminum alloy powder and any fluid that contains water. "This is on-demand hydrogen production," said Dr. Anit Giri, a materials scientist at the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. "Utilizing hydrogen, you can generate power on demand, which is very important for the Soldier."
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Image - Navy Research Lab develops eco- and painter-friendly topcoat for aircraft
Navy Research Lab develops eco- and painter-friendly topcoat for aircraft
The U.S. Naval Research Lab's Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering has developed a safer and user-friendly topcoat that is free of hazardous air-polluting chemicals found in polyurethane topcoats currently used on DoD and commercial aircraft.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Success That Sticks: Watch Universal Robots optimize glue dispensing
Gluing 40 to 60 door knobs of one product type before changing over to glue dispensing on a different model? Not a task that typically lends itself well to automation. Watch how a Universal Robots cobot solved this high-mix/low-volume challenge at Emtek in Los Angeles, doubling daily throughput per man-hour.
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How to develop inertial navigation applications for CAN BUS -- and make autonomous vehicles safer
A new video has just been posted for engineers involved in developing autonomous car navigation, safety, and communication systems using the CAN BUS and SAE 1939 standard. Hosted by Mike Horton, CTO of ACEINNA, this video explains why and how to integrate inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor tech with CAN communications in a variety of vehicle types and classes. Horton covers what exactly an IMU is and what is CAN BUS, and then he quickly dives into how to create a custom CAN BUS application using an open source IMU sensor. Horton also covers debugging tools and demonstrates how to build and code custom CAN BUS 2.0A and CAN BUS 2.0B IMU autonomous vehicle guidance applications. Interesting info.
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Moonshot: How the Air Force Research Lab contributed to the Saturn V rocket engine
This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of mankind's first landing on the moon. The Apollo command module stood on the very top of the largest rocket ever launched, The Saturn V. This rocket was lifted off the Earth's surface by the most powerful rocket engines ever designed. Travel to Edwards Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center to learn about the Air Force Research Lab's contribution to this amazing launch vehicle.
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