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January 27, 2015Volume 11 Issue 04


Image - Molded Nylon Special Standard Round Spacers
Molded Nylon Special Standard Round Spacers
Micro Plastics announces a new product line of Special Standard Round Spacers. The new line of molded nylon round spacers includes over 250 sizes, with diameters of 1/8" through 1 1/2" and lengths from 1/8" to 2 3/4". These tough, resilient spacers can be used in a variety of assemblies. Useful in electronic and electrical applications, they may also be used as bushings, bearings, rollers, gliders, and bumpers. They are resistant to vibration, abrasion, and corrosion; are electrically insulating; and have a high strength-to-weight ratio.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Inflatable antennas increase U.S. military agility
  • Make injection molds 95% faster, 70% cheaper
  • Mirror coating beams heat away from buildings
  • Wheels: Optimized curve braking for motorcycles
  • Mike Likes: Design harder-working hydraulics
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Stainless steel pressure sensors
  • Product: Ultra low-power operational amplifiers
  • Product: New 3M automotive acrylic foam tape
  • Product: Build a mini synchronous drive system
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Built-in cost analysis is powerful SolidWorks tool
    • Voxel8: World's first 3D electronics printer
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Ford GT carbon fiber supercar
    • Wheels: 3D printing retrofits rare Lotus 340R
    • Engineer's Toolbox: Army combat cooler
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: The new BMW S 1000 XR motorcycle will offer Continental's optimized curve braking in 2015 [Source: BMW Motorrad]

News

Supercomputer simulations predict behavior of new concrete formulas

Army researchers developing batteries that don't corrode

BorgWarner develops first flex-fuel turbocharger to handle 100% ethanol

Dual-purpose solar panel system wins Proto Labs Cool Idea! award



Image - 3D-printer filament is 50 times more abrasion resistant than ABS and PLA
3D-printer filament is 50 times more abrasion resistant than ABS and PLA
igus' new Tribo-filament uses the same proven technology as igus' iglide bearings. Tested countless times in our in-house lab, this is the first 3D-printer filament specifically developed for dynamic applications. Create custom, wear-resistant bearings, prototypes, or other components with excellent strength and wear-resistance. Two materials available to sample and well as full spools.

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Feature articles

Image - Inflatable antennas increase U.S. military agility
Inflatable antennas increase U.S. military agility
Inflatable ground satellite antennas are aiding the expeditionary nature of U.S. and coalition forces, enabling them to achieve high-bandwidth network connectivity anywhere in the world from small deployable packages. Fitting in just two transit cases, the GATR antenna provides the same robust data links as conventional, rigid satellite dishes but weighs up to 80 percent less.
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Image - Make injection molds 95% faster, 70% cheaper
Make injection molds 95% faster, 70% cheaper
Stratasys is collaborating with design and product development company Worrell to accelerate medical device development through the use of 3D-printed injection molding (which Worrell refers to as "3D IM"). Since 3D printing injection mold tools for medical devices, the company is producing injection-molded prototypes using final production materials in 95% less time and at 70% less cost compared with traditional aluminium molds.
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Image - High-tech mirror coating beams heat away from buildings into space
High-tech mirror coating beams heat away from buildings into space
Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings, even on sunny days, by radiating heat away from the structures and sending it directly into space. The heart of the invention is an ultrathin, multilayered material that deals with light, both invisible and visible, in a new way.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Optimized curve braking provides increased motorcycle stability
Wheels:
Optimized curve braking provides increased motorcycle stability

International automotive supplier Continental has been developing and manufacturing anti-lock systems for motorcycles for more than 10 years. The German company has now enhanced its Motorcycle Integral Brake (MIB) system by adding a new function: optimized braking for curves. Up until now, Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) for motorcycles have been designed to maintain stability during straight-line braking only.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Design harder-working hydraulics solutions
Mike Likes:
Design harder-working hydraulics solutions

Improve the performance of your hydraulics-driven industrial systems with expert hydraulics technology advice and useful engineering tips in the Hydraulics Performance Kit from Bosch Rexroth. Packaged in a convenient 1-GB USB drive, the kit includes a specially selected array of technical papers, helpful videos, and special links to Rexroth hydraulics product information. Whether you are an OEM, systems integrator, or end-user manufacturer, the Hydraulics Performance Kit is tailor made to support your efforts to improve the performance of your hydraulics-driven industrial systems.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>What's the difference between 17-4PH and 316L stainless steel for pressure sensors?
Engineer's Toolbox:
What's the difference between 17-4PH and 316L stainless steel for pressure sensors?

Stainless steel pressure sensors and transducers are most commonly manufactured from either 316L or 17-4 PH. Both offer good material strength and good elasticity, but there are key differences that can have significant impacts on which material you should choose for your application.
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Image - Product: Ultra low-power precision operational amplifiers
Product: Ultra low-power precision operational amplifiers
ON Semiconductor has introduced a family of affordable, precision CMOS operational amplifiers (op amps) that deliver zero drift operation and industry-leading quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. Targeted at industrial, white goods, telecom, wearables, Internet-of-Things (IoT), test equipment, and instrumentation applications, the NCS325 and NCS333 op amp devices enhance the accuracy of motor control feedback and power supply control loops, contributing to higher overall system efficiency. These devices are complemented by the new NCV333 automotive-qualified (AEC-Q100 grade 1) op amp offering similar functional performance for powertrain, braking, electronic power steering, valve controls, fuel pump, and fuel-injection system applications.
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Image - Product: New 3M automotive acrylic foam tape
Product: New 3M automotive acrylic foam tape
A new high-performance tape from 3M attaches to an increased variety of surfaces without pre-treatment. The 3M Acrylic Tape Series PX5000 is used to attach automotive exterior trim parts such as body side moldings and claddings to a variety of materials and substrates. This tape series offers several key benefits, including excellent high-temp adhesion power to Low Surface Energy (LSE) and Medium Surface Energy (MSE) plastics -- including thermoplastic olefin (TPO), polypropylene plastic (PP), and PP/ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber -- as well as to medium-to-difficult automotive clear-coat systems, without the need for an adhesion promoter or other surface pre-treatment methods.
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Image - Product: Build a mini synchronous drive system
Product: Build a mini synchronous drive system
Stock Drive Products (SDP) has introduced the new Miniature Synchronous Drive System so you can put your own 1-, 2-, or 3-mm design together in a snap. The tiny timing belts and pulleys are engineered and manufactured to give high accuracy and smooth, dependable operation in 3D printers, moving security cameras, med devices, robotic surgical equipment, self-service machines, and more. Advantages include no-slip synchronization, accurate positioning, high torque transmission with low backlash, quiet operation, and long belt life.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Ford GT carbon fiber supercar aims to redefine innovation in aerodynamics, EcoBoost, and lightweighting
Ford GT carbon fiber supercar aims to redefine innovation in aerodynamics, EcoBoost, and lightweighting
Ford unveiled its all-new 2017 GT supercar at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (Detroit) January 12, and the crowd went wild. The ultra high-performance supercar serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics, and lightweight carbon fiber construction.
Read the full article.

Image - Wheels: <br> CIDEAS uses 3D scanning and printing to retrofit 1998 Lotus 340R
Wheels:
CIDEAS uses 3D scanning and printing to retrofit 1998 Lotus 340R

Mike Littrell is a rare combination of visionary and realist. While others tilt at windmills by promising an entire car made of 3D-printed parts, Littrell's company, CIDEAS, is pursuing a more practical, but still bold, agenda: Using 3D scanning and printing technologies to create and manufacture replacement parts for rare vehicles like the Lotus 340R, a legendary concept car of which only 340 were made in 1998.
Read the full article.

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Army combat cooler engineered for helicopter drops, blast survivability
Engineer's Toolbox:
Army combat cooler engineered for helicopter drops, blast survivability

Army researchers have answered a call from Soldiers in the field for better, safer insulated bottled-water containers. The result may be a life-saving product to protect Soldiers in vehicles during combat missions when water bottles could become dangerous projectiles during explosions.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Built-in cost analysis is powerful SolidWorks tool
SOLIDWORKS 2015 helps speed up your production, integrate design processes with downstream manufacturing, lower costs, and accelerate time-to-market. Learn how users can take advantage of enhanced cost analysis for better upfront estimates, integrated inspection to simplify documentation and quality control, communicating product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D, and using special electrical tools to enhance embedded electrical design. If you aim to trim waste from your designs, SolidWorks 2015 has you covered from every angle.
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Voxel8: World's first 3D electronics printer
Voxel8 has created the world's first 3D electronics printer, allowing users to combine electronics with novel 3D mechanical forms using the same machine. Integrating embedded conductors, wires, and batteries into plastic parts doesn't happen in one super-simple step, but this machine demonstrates a key capability for the future of additive manufacturing: producing instantly usable 3D-printed parts with embedded functionality. New Autodesk software crafted for the Voxel8 printer, called Project Wire, provides a ton of options on the printed-circuit side. The printer uses highly conductive silver-based inks to make the circuits.
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