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November 21, 2017Volume 13 Issue 43


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In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA's Mars 2020 mission supersonic parachute test
  • MTC develops sim app for additively manufactured parts
  • 'Soft' semiconductors transform HD displays
  • The Future of Cars 2040
  • Micro Solutions: Myoelectric robotic prosthesis hand
  • Sensors detect Army aircraft damage as it occurs
  • Mike Likes: Smalley is now ISO 13485:2016 Certified!
  • How OEMs save power through direct drive servo tech
  • New frameless brushless servo motor kits
  • Compact LED driver with 5x power density
  • New DENSO robot product catalog
  • Gen4 Ionizing Point delivers precision static elimination
  • Titanium springs resist corrosion
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Edge-Welded Metal Bellows Product Video
    • The toughest-ever PolyJet material
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wheels: Lamborghini electric hypercar concept
    • New corrosion protection for galvanized steel
    • $10 microchip turns 2D ultrasound into 3D imager!
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Army sensors detect aircraft damage as it occurs

News

Synthetic fuel from seawater? Naval Research Lab receives patent for carbon capture device

Ultra-light aluminum produced by USU chemist may be a material design breakthrough -- maybe

New battery is activated by your spit

Hack the Navy: Public hack-a-thon event uses actual Navy data to address design and digital challenges



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Lightweight robots performing heavy-duty tasks
SnapWeld, the first integrated MIG welding solution for collaborative robots, stole the show at FABTECH with attendees flocking to see the live welding demo. Many were surprised to find a cobot in an application most often associated with large cast iron welding robots in safety cages. Universal Robots’ blog takes a close look at not only SnapWeld but also other new cobot welding solutions now defying the notion that lightweight robots can't perform heavy-duty tasks.
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Feature articles

Image - NASA's Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test
NASA's Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test
An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph. Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed.
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Image - MTC develops simulation app to revolutionize design for additively manufactured parts
MTC develops simulation app to revolutionize design for additively manufactured parts
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, UK, researches additive manufacturing techniques and supplies designs and prototypes to part producers in the aerospace industry, often employing laser powder bed fusion. In order to verify the quality and performance of their additively manufactured parts, they use COMSOL Multiphysics software for virtual design testing, validation, and performance prediction. Over the past couple of years, they began building apps from COMSOL models that allowed them to share their analysis capabilities among different teams exploring a variety of projects for their customers.
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Image - 'Soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays
'Soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays
A new type of semiconductor may be coming to a high-definition display near you. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown that a class of semiconductor called halide perovskites is capable of emitting multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500 nanometers.
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The Future of Cars 2040: Miles traveled soar, new-vehicle sales slow, major core industries change
A new IHS Markit study says the new era of mobility -- selling miles traveled instead of cars -- will bring about the greatest transformation since the dawn of the automotive age. The impacts on important industries such as chemicals and electric power are also discussed. What will happen to all those high-temp-resistant plastics developed over the years for combustion-engine cars? (Image courtesy Toyota: Toyota i-Road personal mobility concept)
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Micro Solutions:
Myoelectric robotic prosthesis puts innovation in hand

The Bebionic myoelectric hand prosthesis was recently developed to help with daily life challenges. Powerful and compact FAULHABER dc motors ensure that the prosthesis can grip without any problems, quickly and firmly, and maintain a constant gripping force. Two electrodes integrated into the prosthesis shaft detect the myoelectric signals and forward them to the control electronics. These signals are amplified and used to activate the 5 small electric motors.
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Image - In a first for U.S. Army, sensors detect aircraft damage as it occurs
In a first for U.S. Army, sensors detect aircraft damage as it occurs
For the first time ever, a team of researchers successfully developed and tested networked acoustic emission sensors that can detect airframe damage on conceptual composite UH-60 Black Hawk rotorcraft. The discovery opens up possibilities for new onboard features that could immediately alert the flight crew to the state of structural damage, such as matrix cracking and delamination, as they occur.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Smalley is now ISO 13485:2016 Certified!
Mike Likes:
Smalley is now ISO 13485:2016 Certified!

Smalley Steel Ring is now ISO 13485:2016 Certified, as is evident by our dedication to the medical industry. As the preferred supplier to the medical industry, our products are found in a wide range of medical devices from surgical instruments to implantables, imaging equipment, dental tools and more. We strive to provide the best engineered products, quality, service and deliverability. We maintain cross-industry Quality Management Systems in addition to supplying the medical industry. Those include Automotive (ISO/TS 16949:2009) and Aerospace (AS9100C), and we are certified to ISO 9001 and committed to environmentally conscious manufacturing techniques with our ISO 14001 certification.
Learn more about Smalley's certified capabilities.

Image - How OEMs can save power through direct drive servo technology
How OEMs can save power through direct drive servo technology
How can Direct Drive servo technology help OEM engineers incorporate higher energy efficiency into machine design? This article by Kollmorgen Senior Applications/Systems Engineer Hurley Gill discusses how PMAC Direct Drive servo motor and drive technology not only reduces axis count, mechanical losses and noise, but also delivers increased efficiency and significantly lowers cost of operation. Gill presents a determinate measure and a specific method for calculating optimal inertia ratio for managing energy utilization of a servo motor during a machine’s design to maximize power savings.
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New frameless brushless servo motor kits
The new frameless motor kits from Maxon consist of only a rotor and stator -- no bearings or motor shaft. With outer diameters of only 43 mm to 90 mm, these pancake servo motor kits are extremely compact. Available in size ranges from 30 W to 260 W, these EC (electronically commutated) frameless slotted motors feature low-voltage windings, high pole pair count, and are shipped as BLDC motor kits with the rotor and stator delivered separately without bearings and motor shaft. The flat design, high torque output, and hollow-shaft construction provide plenty of space for cable glands, allowing for a high level of integration into OEM applications such as collaborative and mobile robots, AGVs, exoskeletons, and embedded robotic applications.
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Image - Compact LED driver with 5x power density
Compact LED driver with 5x power density
Seoul Semiconductor has developed an ultra-compact LED driver series with a power density five times higher than conventional LED drivers. Based on Seoul Semiconductor’s patented Acrich technology, the MicroDriver Series delivers more than 24 W of output power with a power density of 20 W/cubic in., compared to existing drivers at 3 to 5 W/cubic in. This MicroDriver is 80% smaller than conventional LED drivers, giving lighting designers the ability to develop ultra-thin and novel luminaires with flicker-free operation -- shrinking the size of light fixtures by as much as 20%. Ideal for wall sconces, vanity lights, downlights, and flush-mounted lighting fixture applications.
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New DENSO robot product catalog
DENSO Robotics -- the world's largest manufacturer and user of small assembly robots -- has announced its new product catalog featuring a wide range of compact, high-speed industrial robots that have reaches of 350 mm to 1,300 mm, payload capacities as high as 20 kg, and repeatability to within +/-0.015 mm. The 52-page publication, which is offered in an interactive online version or as a download, features detailed descriptions, specifications, and schematics of DENSO’s entire lineup of four-axis SCARA and five- and six-axis articulated robots, robot controllers, and programming software.
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Image - Gen4 Ionizing Point delivers precision static elimination
Gen4 Ionizing Point delivers precision static elimination
EXAIR’s new Gen4™ Ionizing Point delivers a high concentration of positive and negative ions to neutralize static electricity without requiring compressed air. This compact and shockless static eliminator is the ideal way to eliminate static electricity problems occurring in small spaces. They are perfect for keeping small parts or products separate or from sticking to other surfaces. Gen4 Ionizing Points can protect sensors; eliminate improper readings of sensitive electronics; keep powder-filling nozzles clear of clogs; and prevent jamming, tearing, or dust attraction on slitting, winding, rewinding, ink jetting, and silk-screening applications.
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Titanium springs resist corrosion
Titanium springs from Atlantic Spring-MW Industries offer improved resistance to corrosion, lower torsion modulus, shorter free length, greater strength, and significant weight reduction over steel springs. These attributes make titanium springs ideal for various aircraft, space, military, and defense applications. Atlantic Spring offers rapid prototyping services. Prototypes can be available within 3 to 5 days dependent upon design complexity and material availability. ISO9100C certified and ITAR registered.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Wheels: Lamborghini gives sneak peek of its electric hypercar concept
Wheels: Lamborghini gives sneak peek of its electric hypercar concept
Is Lamborghini coming out with an all-electric hypercar? Well, they're working on it, but they've got a lot of design and testing ground to cover before we see that day. To get the ball rolling, the Italian luxury sportscar maker has partnered with two labs at MIT to explore creating the super technologies that will go into their Terzo Millennio all-electric concept, including a vehicle that doesn't have a traditional battery energy storage system but does have a self-healing substructure.
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Image - New type of corrosion protection for galvanized steel is self-healing
New type of corrosion protection for galvanized steel is self-healing
The standard practice to protect metal from corrosion for the last 70 years has been to apply a heavy coat of zinc. But a new product called InterCoat® ChemGuard, instead, reacts with the zinc to form a permanent, covalent bond on the surface of the metal. The product is applied over a light layer of zinc, which reacts with the zinc to dramatically improve its corrosion protection properties. The bond that is formed at the molecular level cannot be washed or worn off.
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Image - Great Engineering: $10 chip turns 2D ultrasound machine into 3D imaging device!
Great Engineering: $10 chip turns 2D ultrasound machine into 3D imaging device!
Technology that keeps track of how your smartphone is oriented can now give $50,000 ultrasound machines many of the 3D-imaging abilities of their $250,000 higher-technology counterparts -- for the cost of a $10 microchip.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Edge-Welded Metal Bellows Product Video
BellowsTech, an industry leader in the development and manufacture of metal bellows using edge-welded metal bellows technology, proudly serves the aerospace, semiconductor, UHV, Cryogenic, Oil and Gas, and various other high-technology markets. Learn how edge-welded bellows can work in your application. Our product video focuses on the unique characteristics and parameters of edge-welded metal bellows.
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The toughest-ever PolyJet material: Digital ABS Plus
New PolyJet Digital ABS Plus 3D-printing material from Stratasys significantly improves the mechanical performance of parts and prototypes for design verification and functional performance testing. Get better impact strength combined with high temperature resistance, accurate tolerances, and superior surface finish. Digital ABS Plus is available in green and ivory on the Connex3, Legacy Connex, and Objet1000 platforms.
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