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November 22, 2016Volume 12 Issue 44


Image - The aliens have landed. Lock 'em up.
The aliens have landed. Lock 'em up.
It looks “alien,” but it’s the ultimate in box-security fasteners. In fact, the Alien Lock from Micro Plastics is the first and only dedicated box fastener. It is a much less expensive solution than banding or taping your boxes, and it keeps them more secure, too. It’s easy and fast to insert, and it’s incredibly strong. It cannot be pulled out without it being obvious that the box was tampered with -- it must be cut off. This is a 1-step fastener: Push Alien Lock through the lock port, and the locking process is finished.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Sensors: New instrument for life on Mars
  • Fragment tracking: What happens in explosions
  • Robot sports adidas, walks like a person
  • Wheels: Airbus' giant Mecanum-wheeled transporters
  • Mike Likes: 2017 Cool Parts calendar
  • Toolbox: Metal injection molding (MIM) in firearms
  • Make or break the rules for cable distribution
  • Cool Tools: SpaceMouse Enterprise
  • Motion: Drive nut runs on threadless shaft
  • Great News: Universal Robots featured in WSJ
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • LA Auto Show 2016: Roadshow favorites
    • Top 10 new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wheels: 10 great Chevrolet racing engines
    • Can dark roofs stay as cool as white ones?
    • One pilot flies 500 coordinated Intel drones
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Georgia Tech robot walks wearing sneakers

News

Hide the files: Forcepoint and Raytheon lay out 2017 cybersecurity predictions

Hardware/software convergence is the future of the Army

Bionic power knee: Self-generated power could reduce Soldiers' load

Stratasys and Siemens partner to incorporate additive manufacturing into volume production



Image - 15,000 Stock Metric Gears
15,000 Stock Metric Gears
KHK USA Inc offers the largest selection of stock metric gears in North America. With over 175 types, in more than 15,000 configurations, KHK USA offers the broadest selection of spur gears, helical gears, internal ring gears, gear racks, bevel gears, worms and wormwheels, and other gear types.

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Feature articles
Sensors: New instrument could search for signatures of life on Mars

A sensing technique that the U.S. military currently uses to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could “sniff” for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system.
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Piezo ceramics may be the solution you need -- Ask a PI Engineer.


Image - Fragment tracking: New insights made into what happens in explosions
Fragment tracking: New insights made into what happens in explosions
A bang and a swirl of dust from detonating 9 lb of plastic explosive in the desert signaled the beginning of tests that -- thanks to advances in high-speed cameras, imaging techniques, and computer modeling -- will help Sandia National Laboratories researchers study fragmenting explosives in ways that weren’t possible before. They want to know how pipe bombs and other improvised explosive devices come apart.
Read the full article.

Image - Robot sports adidas, walks like a person
Robot sports adidas, walks like a person
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have made what they say is the most efficient-walking humanoid ever created. DURUS strolls like a person. Its legs and chest are elongated and upright. It lands on the heel of its foot, rolls through the step, and pushes off its toe. It's even outfitted with a pair of size 13 adidas.
Read the full article.

Image - Air Operated Conveyors
Air Operated Conveyors
EXAIR’s Line Vac connects to standard hose or tube to create a powerful conveyor. The design features large throat diameters for maximum throughput capability. A small amount of compressed air is injected through directed nozzles to produce a vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other.

Learn how to make any pipe, hose, or tube a conveyor.


Image - Wheels: Airbus' giant Mecanum-wheeled transporters make moving big stuff look easy
Wheels: Airbus' giant Mecanum-wheeled transporters make moving big stuff look easy
Construction of the world's largest passenger airliner, the Airbus A380, in Germany involves moving aircraft components measuring 15 m in length and weighing up to 90 tons. Luckily, the company has the help of the KUKA omniMove mobile platform, a transport vehicle for heavy loads that is equipped with 56 omnidirectional Mecanum wheels.
Read the full article.

Image - Mike Likes: 2017 Cool Parts calendar
Mike Likes: 2017 Cool Parts calendar
Request a free 2017 Cool Parts calendar and never miss a project deadline next year. Each month, you’ll be greeted by a new, innovative part made possible by rapid manufacturing processes like 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection molding.
Get your Cool Parts calendar today.

Image - Toolbox: Why metal injection molding (MIM) is a crucial element in the booming firearms industry
Toolbox: Why metal injection molding (MIM) is a crucial element in the booming firearms industry
Metal injection molding (MIM) is a popular choice in the flourishing firearms market for producing relatively high precision at a low cost. MIM combines powder metal with a low-melt polymer to create a feedstock that is molded using conventional injection-molding equipment and molds. After molding, the plastic must be removed and the parts sintered. The result is a solid metal part created from powder metal to near net shape at 96 percent density of wrought metal.
Read the full article.

Image - Make or break the rules for cable distribution
Make or break the rules for cable distribution
When designing an energy supply system, proper distribution of cables and hoses within a cable carrier is essential. In this brief guide, discover critical rules for cable distribution, along with best practices for selecting and implementing interior separation, strain relief, and more.
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Image - Cool Tools: SpaceMouse Enterprise
Cool Tools: SpaceMouse Enterprise
Take your design style and speed to the next level using the new 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Enterprise, the 3D mouse built specifically for CAD professionals who navigate complex and extended working sessions. This powerful but easy-to-use tool incorporates the most requested new features, including: a 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sensor and instant access to Standard and Custom Views for 3D content; the ability to make 12 of your favorite application commands instantly available; a focus on ergonomic design; a new 3+1 year warranty; and easy customization of buttons for commands, applications, and settings.
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Image - Motion: Drive nut runs on threadless shaft -- eliminates risk of jamming
Motion: Drive nut runs on threadless shaft -- eliminates risk of jamming
Amacoil-Uhing Model RS drive nuts provide smooth, backlash-free linear motion in machine design. Unlike a screw, the RS drive nut runs on a smooth shaft, eliminating the potential for debris to become trapped in threads that could then clog or jam. Slipping, as opposed to the churning and grinding associated with screw-based systems, prevents damage to the nut and other components in the linear motion system. This reduces downtime for repairs and enables more consistent production rates. RS linear drive nuts offer axial thrust from 22 to 449 lb and require no maintenance except periodic lubrication of the shaft with grease.
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Image - Great News: Universal Robots featured in WSJ
Great News: Universal Robots featured in WSJ
How popular are the cobots from Universal Robots? So popular that they were featured in almost every photo in a Nov. 8 article in the Wall Street Journal. Learn how manufacturers like Whirlpool, GM, and Boeing are reshaping their plant floors with collaborative robots by reading, "Latest Robots Lend a Helping Arm at Factories."
Read the full article.

Most popular last issue

Image - Wheels: 10 great Chevrolet racing engines
Wheels: 10 great Chevrolet racing engines
Earlier this year, Chevrolet began consolidating its racing engine programs under one roof at its all-new Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, MI. This 111,420-sq-ft state-of-the-art facility is designed to enhance the development processes for the company's diverse racing engine programs. We take a look at the new center and the 10 great Chevrolet racing engines that have gotten the brand this far.
Read the full article.

Image - Can dark roofs stay as cool as white ones? Fluorescence holds the key
Can dark roofs stay as cool as white ones? Fluorescence holds the key
Elementary school science teaches us that in the sun, dark colors get hot while white stays cool. Now new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found an exception: Scientists have determined that certain dark pigments can stay just as cool as white by using fluorescence, the re-emission of absorbed light. The finding has implications for structures, car paint, and more.
Read the full article.

Image - One pilot flies 500 coordinated Intel drones
One pilot flies 500 coordinated Intel drones
If you look up at the night sky, you may catch a glimpse of a shooting star -- or 500 Shooting Star drones dancing and flashing in the dark. That was the scene in Germany earlier this month when Intel set a Guinness World Record for "The Most UAVs Airborne Simultaneously."
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
LA Auto Show 2016: Roadshow editors choose their favorites
The editors over at Roadshow lay out their top picks, including a Chevy pickup with a Formula 1-inspired suspension, a Fast and Furious Honda Civic prototype, a 550-hp Alfa Romeo SUV, a Jaguar electric crossover, and a midengine Porsche 911 RSR that's ready to kick some tail on the race course.
View the main video.
Bonus: 5 best SUVs at the show.

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Top 10 new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017
Javelin Technologies, a Canadian SOLIDWORKS software and Stratasys 3D printer value added reseller, runs through the top 10 new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017, including: SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect to work seamlessly with anyone, improved large assembly performance, more powerful modeling tools, and big improvements in design and manufacturing integration.
Learn all about what SOLIDWORKS 2017 has to offer.

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