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March 22, 2011

Volume 7, Issue 12

New Blind Rivets Are An Eye Opener
Micro Plastics, Inc introduces a new line of Blind Rivet panel fasteners. These precision-molded all-plastic rivets are used to fasten plastic to plastic, plastics to metal, and plastic to fiberglass. Blind Rivets are non-conductive and non-corrosive and can be inserted from either side of the assembly using standard riveting tools. The 14 Blind Rivets available fit a range of standard and metric hole sizes and grip ranges.
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In this issue of Designfax:
  • Aircraft Seating Test Platform
  • MapleSim Improves Golf
  • Silver-Diamond Cooling Composite
  • Wheels: Underride-Guard Crashes
  • Engineer’s Toolbox: Blue-Laser Scanner
  • Videos +:
    800 Test Points
    SpaceClaim 2011 Sheet Metal Tools
    Wheel Reinvented To Help A Thirsty World
  • Most Popular Last Week
    Outsourcing Design Overseas
  • Products: Electrical/Electronic, Mechanical, Motion

  • Cover image: IIHS studies underride crashes [Image: IIHS]

Penn State online degree aims to prepare engineers for management roles

SME unveils annual ‘Innovations That Could Change the Way We Manufacture’ list

Edmunds.com: Fuel-efficient cars are not always the most cost-efficient cars

New technology would extend battery life 100 times or more for mobile devices

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  Feature Articles

Designing a custom life-cycle test platform for aircraft seating
Simulating a lifetime of wear and tear on aircraft seats requires a scalable hardware and software solution to meet the needs of multiple and diverse test requirements. Each life-cycle test needs specific setup conditions and different instruments and actuators. For these reasons, engineers from G Systems and Recaro Aircraft Seating, a leading manufacturer of aircraft seats, developed a fully customizable control module to interface with a universal life-cycle test fixture for aircraft seating.
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MapleSim helps improve your golf game
Cleveland Golf, an internationally recognized maker of golf clubs with a strong tradition of innovation, wanted to explore ways to increase the performance of its drivers. The company’s engineers turned to MapleSim.
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Silver-diamond composite cools powerful defense microelectronics
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are developing specialty solid-composite shims to help cool small, powerful microelectronics used in defense systems.
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Why Use Silicone Sponge Rubber?
Silicone sponge rubber has the combined properties of resilience, high-temperature stability, and general inertness unavailable in any other closed-cell sponge gasketing material. Silicones are generally unaffected by extended exposure to temperature extremes from -100F to 500F, and are also unaffected by aging and degradation from sunlight and ozone. Learn more about silicone foam, silicone sponge, and solid silicone rubber gaskets and materials from Stockwell Elastomerics by clicking here.

Tests show big-rig underride guards often fail in crashes

New crash tests and analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrate that underride guards on tractor trailers can fail in relatively low-speed crashes — with deadly consequences.
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Engineer’s Toolbox:
Blue-laser scanner perfect for reverse engineering

If you are looking for good, portable 3D imaging technology for reverse engineering and inspection, Wenzel/Xspect Solutions has a great option for you.
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Most popular last week:
Cost vs. quality: The dangers of outsourcing design overseas

“For many years now, the outsourcing of American manufacturing overseas has been common practice, but it has always been assumed that we would remain headquarters for the “brains” of the operation — the research, strategy, concept development, engineering, etc.,” says Product Development Technologies’ Joel Delman. “But we’d be nave to believe that America has a monopoly on a creative workforce.”
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action

NEW! 800 Test Points
More than 10,000 tests are conducted each year in the igus test laboratory. Alongside 7,500 tests with plastic plain bearings, rod end bearings, ball bearings and linear plain bearings, a further 3,000 cable carrier tests are carried out, plus 400 performance tests covering 1,000 different types. Watch the video to see actual laboratory tests in action!

NEW! SpaceClaim 2011: What's new with STL and sheet metal
SpaceClaim 2011 enhancements include that you can work with imported STL files, explore unbelievable sheet metal tools, manage large assemblies, access an awesome free TraceParts library, and other mind-blowing upgrades. There’s even a borrow-a-license feature! Check out the latest that SpaceClaim engineering software has to offer. (Top middle video.)
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Wheel reinvented to help a thirsty world
Cynthia Koenig, an entrepreneurial graduate student at the University of Michigan, aims to change people’s lives in the developing world 20 gallons at a time. Koenig created the WaterWheel (a rolling water barrel) and Wello (the business that distributes it in countries where clean water is scarce). An insightful video that profiles a great engineering idea.
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