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October 01, 2019Volume 15 Issue 37


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Stainless Steel Retaining Rings from Stock
Smalley has over 6,000 Spirolox® Retaining Rings in 302 and 316 stainless steel from stock in 1/4" to 16" diameters. Customs can be manufactured from .157" to 120". Smalley's manufacturing process allows for the economical production of stainless steel retaining rings. Spiral-type retaining rings are interchangeable with standard snap ring grooves and have No Ears To Interfere™ with the assembly. Free samples are available of stock parts to test in your application.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • 50-km entanglement: Army quantum internet closer
  • 50 Years Ago: After Apollo, now what?
  • Protolabs offers 'Terminator 2' 3D-printing tech
  • Vintage VW Beetle gets electric conversion kit
  • Neat! Planes take off at world's largest tiny airport
  • Using CAD-CAM-CNC to produce aerospace parts
  • Smart Guide to Design for Manufacturability
  • New 3M metal bonding adhesive
  • Spinning flare nuts eliminate loose fasteners
  • Spark-proof EC fans use 50% less energy
  • First subsea actuator with combo tech
  • First semi-transparent polyamide good for car interior lighting
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots handles engine inspection
    • Learn how to use the right coupling
    • Use dam and fill to protect electronic components
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Michelin and GM roll forward with airless tires
    • Roofing drone tries nailing down shingles
    • New valve train design claims 20% fuel savings
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Rexroth tech flies in Miniatur Wunderland

News

New imaging technology could vastly improve cancer surgery

New technique developed to improve ductility of ceramic materials for missiles, engines

Hyundai Motor Co. and Cummins to collaborate on hydrogen fuel cell technology

Scientists find a superconductivity secret -- in exactly the place they've been looking for decades



Image - Expanding the Universe of Motion
Expanding the Universe of Motion
MICROMO is now FAULHABER MICROMO. Reorganized as a united, fully-integrated part of FAULHABER Drive Systems, FAULHABER MICROMO has amplified existing design and engineering capabilities. The reorganization equates to improved customer support, faster lead times, and additional motion control expertise for OEM customers in North America.
Discover what's possible when legacies unite!

Feature articles

Image - 50-km entanglement: Army project brings quantum internet closer to reality
50-km entanglement: Army project brings quantum internet closer to reality
Researchers at the University of Innsbruck, funded by the U.S. Army, recently achieved a record for the transfer of quantum entanglement between matter and light. A distance of 50 km was covered using fiber optic cables. The researchers said this brings the quantum internet a step closer.
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Image - 50 Years Ago: After Apollo, now what? Space Task Group reports to President Nixon
50 Years Ago: After Apollo, now what? Space Task Group reports to President Nixon
Still bathing in the afterglow of the successful Moon landing, the Space Task Group presented its 29-page report, "The Post-Apollo Space Program: Directions for the Future," to President Nixon on Sep. 15, 1969. In its Conclusions and Recommendations section, the report noted that the United States should pursue a balanced robotic and human space program, with a long-term goal of a human mission to Mars before the end of the 20th century.
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Image - Protolabs offers 'Terminator 2' 3D-printing tech
Protolabs offers 'Terminator 2' 3D-printing tech
Protolabs has added an impressive new platform to its portfolio of production-grade additive manufacturing technologies. The machines by a company called Carbon use the digital light synthesis (DLS) technology to grow plastic parts from a pool of heated resin -- which was inspired, in part, by a scene in "Terminator 2."
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Image - Vintage VW Beetle gets officially certified electric conversion kit
Vintage VW Beetle gets officially certified electric conversion kit
There are lots of aftermarket options for converting a vintage Bug to electric power, but now there's a VW certified one. Partnering with German firm eClassics and using Volkswagen Group Components, VW Super Beetle aficionados can now swap their internal-combustion 4-cylinder for an electric drive, experience 0 to 50 mph in 8 sec, and even free up that rear compartment where the engine used to sit.
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Neat! Rexroth linear motion tech helps mini model aircraft take off and land at world's largest tiny airport
Since it opened in 2011, Knuffingen Airport at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, has handled around a million flights. The 1:87-scale model aircraft in the sprawling 125-m2 indoor airport are accurate down to the tiniest detail and look almost real when taking off and landing. Bosch Rexroth's highly reliable linear motion and assembly tech plays a key role in ensuring this fascinating project operates smoothly. The airport serves 40 airlines and handles 360 flights a day. It includes 50,000 figures, 75 buildings, and 90 support vehicles -- all made by hand. Night falls every 15 minutes and lasts 3 minutes. The Miniatur Wunderland also sports the world's longest train installation -- which, of course, is tied into the airport setup.
View the Rexroth video to see behind the scenes.
Watch a more in-depth, early overview of the whole facility from DW-TV News.

Image - Using CAD-CAM-CNC to produce aerospace parts
Using CAD-CAM-CNC to produce aerospace parts
DMG MORI manufactures a wide variety of conventional chip-cutting and ultrasonic machining centers for OEMs and production job shops serving the aerospace industry. On two recent applications, DMG MORI turned to long-time business partner Siemens for assistance. By offering a total package of CAD-CAM-CNC hardware, software, and engineering services, Siemens was able to help this machine builder substantially improve every aspect of part production for a reverse thrust component for a jet engine and an aerospace impeller fan.
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Image - Smart Guide to Design for Manufacturability
Smart Guide to Design for Manufacturability
Learn How to Reduce Time and Cost:
  • Injection Molding Basics -- the basics of molds and the plastic injection molding process
  • Best Practices -- learn the secrets to optimizing wall thickness, drafts, runners and gates, ribs and more
  • Features to Incorporate -- discover the features that can be incorporated into your design to enhance your part, potentially saving time and money
  • Avoiding Pitfalls -- following these best practices will help you avoid costly mistakes in your tool
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Image - New 3M metal bonding adhesive
New 3M metal bonding adhesive
3M Scotch-Weld Metal Bonder Acrylic Adhesive DP8407NS delivers strength, corrosion resistance, and reliable performance for bonding metal without extensive surface prep. This high-strength, fast-curing structural adhesive offers high peel and durability, and maintains its strength at temps as low as -40 F. With the ability to bond active metals like steel, copper, brass, and bronze, 3M's Metal Bonder is ideal for a wide range of assemblies in metal fabrication, transportation, specialty vehicle, architectural panels, appliances, and office furniture. It bonds plastics and composites for multi-material bonding and is also well suited for bonding metals prior to powder coating and paint processes.
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Image - Spinning flare nuts eliminate loose fasteners in thin metal sheet applications
Spinning flare nuts eliminate loose fasteners in thin metal sheet applications
PEM SFN spinning flare nuts from Penn-Engineering become permanently captivated upon installation in thin metal sheets and, when paired with a self-clinching stud or other fixed externally threaded hardware, can eliminate all loose fasteners (including flange nuts) in attachment applications. These one-piece, flanged hex nuts additionally will spin freely in a sheet enabling quick attachment to mating hardware. Their use ultimately promotes savings in assembly time and costs.
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Image - Spark-proof EC fans use 50% less energy
Spark-proof EC fans use 50% less energy
Orion Fans has extended its electronically commutated (EC) fan product offering to include a 254-mm IP68-ATEX-rated version for waterproof and harsh environment applications. The low-power OA254EC-ATEX Series EC fan combines energy conservation with maximum protection for power-hungry applications involving explosive atmospheres or flammable gases. It delivers air flows of 500 to 830 CFM. EC fans can be used in most any AC fan application with the added benefit of power savings of up to 50 percent. EC fans often enable customers to meet energy-consumption requirements from agencies like ENERGY STAR. Ideal as a drop-in replacement for AC fans, the larger OA254 IP68-ATEX Series EC fans are suited for oil & gas applications including oil rig and oil refining equipment. The fans are also used in walk-in refrigeration systems, commercial display coolers, EV and charging systems, servers, food services equipment, and other applications.
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Image - First subsea actuator to have advantages of both electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic systems
First subsea actuator to have advantages of both electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic systems
The Subsea Valve Actuator (SVA) from Rexroth is an electro-mechanical actuator with hydrostatic drive designed to complete the range of traditional hydraulic and all-electric subsea actuators for subsea control and production systems. It achieves the same safety performance as hydraulic actuators, but with much better reliability. It also provides a simple electric interface similar to those in all-electric actuators (without umbilicals for hydraulic fluid power). The SVA is compatible with Industry 4.0 technology and includes integrated sensors for monitoring position, pressure, temperature, and more. Operates up to a depth of 3,000 m.
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Image - First semi-transparent polyamide good for car interior lighting
First semi-transparent polyamide good for car interior lighting
The BASF product Ultramid Vision has been used in a car interior for the first time. The semi-crystalline polyamide is employed in the window regulator module of a German automobile manufacturer. Compared to opaque standard polyamides, Ultramid Vision displays very high light transmission with low light scattering, which makes it a perfect choice for use with the illuminated symbols on the window regulators and for setting the exterior mirrors. The requirement was to allow as much light to pass through as possible, with high color fidelity.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Michelin and GM roll forward with airless tire design
Michelin and GM roll forward with airless tire design
Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology for passenger vehicles, the Michelin Uptis Prototype (or Unique Punctureproof Tire System), at the Movin'On Summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal this past June. The partnership aims to put Uptis tires on passenger models as early as 2024.
Read the full article.

Image - Roofing drone concept tries nailing down shingles
Roofing drone concept tries nailing down shingles
An octocopter capable of attaching asphalt shingles to roofs with a nail gun has been demonstrated at the University of Michigan. This aerial vehicle is autonomous, meaning that it positions the nail gun on a nailing point, places the nail, and moves to the next point without needing a human at the controls. What could go wrong?
Read the full article.

Image - New valve train design claims 20% fuel savings
New valve train design claims 20% fuel savings
Engineers at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have invented a novel new valve train concept that introduces simplified tech for valve opening and closing, uses hydraulics, and saves a marked amount of fuel for automobile applications. The FlexWork valve train has been running on an Empa engine test bench since October 2018 and has survived millions of cycles in fired engine operation flawlessly.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Universal Robots handles mission-critical engine inspection
"We need to make sure those clips are locked into place with 100% confidence. It's a life-threatening failure mode."
Watch how a UR10 cobot handles mission-critical inspection in the sub-assembly of automotive engines at Comprehensive Logistics in Ohio.
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Learn how to use the right coupling for your motion control application
Servometer precision motion control couplings are available as both flexible bellows couplings and rugged beam couplings. Electrodeposited bellows technology offers seamless construction and the best combination of flexibility and strength among couplings technologies. These versatile, flexible nickel and stainless steel shaft couplings are capable of accommodating misalignments for parallel, angular, and axial motion. This informative video showcases their unique characteristics, capabilities, design, and various applications.
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Use the dam and fill method to protect electronic components
Sensitive electronic components mounted on a circuit board often require protection from exposure to harsh environments. While there are several ways to accomplish this, the dam and fill method offers many benefits. In this video from Master Bond, learn how a damming compound such as Supreme 3HTND-2DM-1 can create a barrier around the component, while the flowable filler material, EP3UF-1, completely covers the component for protection.
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