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September 01, 2015Volume 11 Issue 33


Image - New Innovative Way to Take Up Tolerances!
New Innovative Way to Take Up Tolerances!
Smalley Linear Springs are a continuous wave-formed (marcelled) wire length produced from spring tempered materials. They act as a load-bearing device having approximately the same load/deflection characteristics as a wave spring. Linear Springs are now available as a standard part in carbon and stainless steel, with over 200 sizes.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Can integrated circuits handle 500 deg C on Venus?
  • How feedback encoder devices operate
  • How to keep surfaces dry underwater
  • Historic hydraulics: Restoring WWII sub hydraulics
  • Mike Likes: DuPont Vamac compound takes the heat
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Army two-for-one radio mount
  • Fasteners: A new way to tie one on
  • Sensors: How to pick the right potentiometer
  • Material Handling: Quick-change pneumatic systems
  • Slides: Compact integrated screw/slide system
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Fly through the 1,000-mph supersonic car
    • Can injured robots adapt like animals?
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Tiny rotary engine concept is 4-lb powerhouse
    • Shock absorbers harvest energy from bumps
    • Energy needed to cut metals halved
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: WWII sub USS Pampanito has hydraulic systems updated

News

Biological tools create nerve-like polymer network

Glue for wet environs hardens when zapped with electricity, can be easily 'uncured'

Australia developing scramjet to get satellites into space

New research roadmap aims for fault-free manufacturing processes



Image - Compact, High-Speed Motors for Medical Handpieces
Compact, High-Speed Motors for Medical Handpieces
The new FAULHABER 2057 BHS Brushless DC Servo Motors are designed to address specific requirements of medical and dental handpiece markets. While remaining cool to the touch, the high-efficiency, slotless design features smooth speed control with wide, continuous-duty speed range up to 40,000 rpm. The 2057 features low vibration to reduce user fatigue, and low audible noise, ideal for long periods of use in sensitive medical and dental patient environments.

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Feature articles
Can integrated circuits handle 500 deg C on Venus?
The temperature on Venus can get hot enough to melt lead. NASA, in a quest to build a rover to explore the Venusian surface, has awarded two grants totaling nearly $245,000 to Ozark Integrated Circuits, a technology firm affiliated with the University of Arkansas, to design heat-resistant circuits for a proposed Venus Landsailing Rover. They'll use a silicon carbide semiconductor as the base of their design.
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The Proto Labs Design Cube demonstrates injection-molding part features that are too thin or thick, bad bosses, right and wrong ribs, and more. Get yours today!


Image - Basics of motion control: <br>How feedback encoder devices operate
Basics of motion control:
How feedback encoder devices operate

Feedback is used in closed-loop systems in applications all over the world to control speed and/or position, and it has an important role in keeping equipment operating smoothly and accurately. Feedback is available in a variety of devices as well as models. It is important to understand how feedback operates, so the best benefits can be used in the application. This article reviews: open-loop vs. closed-loop applications, tachometers, Hall sensors, incremental encoders, absolute encoders, and resolvers.
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Image - Engineers identify how to keep surfaces dry underwater
Engineers identify how to keep surfaces dry underwater
Imagine staying dry underwater for months. Now Northwestern University engineers have examined a wide variety of surfaces that can do just that -- and, better yet, they know why.
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Image - Historic hydraulics: <br>Restoring WWII submarine with a RexPak hydraulic power unit
Historic hydraulics:
Restoring WWII submarine with a RexPak hydraulic power unit

Operated by the non-profit San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the Pampanito has been restored by association volunteers to a specific point in time -- late 1945, to represent the height of WWII submarine development. This restoration effort includes making key submarine systems fully functional, so visitors can see the periscope being raised and lowered, and the torpedo doors being opened and closed.
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Image - Mike Likes: DuPont Vamac AEM compound takes the heat
Mike Likes: DuPont Vamac AEM compound takes the heat
DuPont Vamac VMX5000 is a new and commercially available family of ethylene acrylic elastomer (AEM) pre-compounds that extend the upper temperature limit for AEM applications by 15 to 20 deg C and provide a long-term improvement in static heat aging. These new Vamac AEM pre-compounds are currently under evaluation by major auto OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers for seals and gaskets, air management system applications, and high-temp coolant hose covers. They are expected to offer a viable alternative to fluoroelastomers (FKM) at significantly lower cost and lower specific weight, in a temperature range between 160 to 190 deg C -- especially where standard acrylic, ethylene vinyl acetate or AEM elastomers are no longer considered.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: Army's two-for-one device houses right radio at right time
Engineer's Toolbox: Army's two-for-one device houses right radio at right time
A little innovation can go a long way toward helping U.S. military forces successfully facilitate their missions. Even an apparatus no bigger than a breadbox recently solved a challenge involving two radios and the need to make their transport lighter.
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Image - Fasteners: A new way to tie one on
Fasteners: A new way to tie one on
The 4ZERO Cuff is the most advanced flexible polymer handcuff on the market and is used by select police and law enforcement agencies that demand the strongest and most durable product available. Now, the same material used to manufacture the 4ZERO Cuff is available from Micro Plastics, Inc. in the line of extremely durable 4ZERO Cable Ties designed to perform and hold their strength in extremely dry environments and in temperature extremes from -30 deg F to 400 deg F -- conditions that can leave normal nylon cable ties brittle and broken. Available sizes include: 8 in. (50 lb), 14 1/2 in. (50 lb), 11 in. (120 lb), and 22 in. (200 lb).
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Image - Sensors: How to pick the right potentiometer sensor for your application
Sensors: How to pick the right potentiometer sensor for your application
Created to help design engineers understand how membrane potentiometer sensors work and how to pick the right type of membrane potentiometer for their project, this new Hoffmann+Krippner white paper covers the various types of potentiometers, potentiometer development history, their various components and materials, and an overview looking at the technical issues of printed potentiometers and foil (membrane). The paper also covers the various tech specifications of accuracy and linearity when specifying potentiometers. No registration required.
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Image - Material Handling: Quick-change pneumatic systems
Material Handling: Quick-change pneumatic systems
FIPA has released a new series of round quick-change systems that provide an extremely reliable connection between assembly and material handling robots and gripper systems. Designed to withstand strong vibrations and rapid acceleration, the new SR Series quick-changers feature innovative, snap-on SAFE-LOCK mechanisms, color-coded locking indications (red for locked, green for open), and pneumatic air connections incapable of being misaligned, ensuring maximum functional reliability and further improving process safety.
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Image - Slides: Compact integrated screw/slide system
Slides: Compact integrated screw/slide system
Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has added the WGS Wide Guide Screw to its linear slide product line. Made from the same quality components used in the RGS Linear Rail Series, the WGS Linear Slide utilizes a screw-driven carriage that offers reliable, continuous linear speed while maintaining accurate positioning. Length and speed of the WGS are not limited by critical screw speed, allowing high RPM, linear speed, and long stroke lengths. This unit has a unique, compact profile that provides improved torsional stiffness and stability. An integral mounting base can provide support over the entire length, which can extend up to 8 ft (2.4 m).
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Most popular last issue

Image - Tiny inverse-Wankel rotary engine concept is 4-lb powerhouse
Tiny inverse-Wankel rotary engine concept is 4-lb powerhouse
Noise, excessive vibration, and relative inefficiency are drawbacks of the piston-based internal combustion engines (ICEs) that power today's lawn and garden equipment, such as leaf blowers and lawn trimmers. But now MIT startup LiquidPiston has developed a 4-lb rotary concept that it says is significantly smaller, lighter, and quieter, as well as 20 percent more fuel efficient than the ICEs used in many such small-engine devices.
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Car and truck shock absorbers aim to harvest energy from bumps in the road
The 255 million cars on the road in the United States account for 40 percent of the country's fuel consumption. Most of that fuel is wasted. Lei Zuo, an associate professor of mechanical engineering in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, may have a partial solution: harvesting energy from the car's suspension.
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Image - Energy needed to cut some metals halved with simple solution
Energy needed to cut some metals halved with simple solution
The discovery of a previously unknown type of metal deformation -- sinuous flow -- and an easy method to suppress it could lead to more efficient machining and other manufacturing advances by reducing the force and energy required to process metals. Findings from researchers at Purdue University showed that cutting force can be reduced 50 percent just by using standard marking ink.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Fly through the 1,000-mph BLOODHOUND supersonic car
BLOODHOUND SSC is a Land Speed Racing Car designed in the U.K. to inspire a generation to study science and engineering and set a World Land Speed Record of 1,000 mph in 2016. It includes a cluster of Nammo hybrid rocket engines that have a Jaguar-powered fuel pump, Parker assisted airbrakes, and a Eurojet EJ200 jet engine.
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Can injured robots adapt like animals?
Jean-Baptiste Mouret, an assistant professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Pierr & Marie Curie University in Paris, France, has developed an algorithm that allows robots to “learn,” through trial and error, ways to compensate for challenges like broken arms or legs. This video demonstrates how the Intelligent Trial-and-Error Algorithm works to help two robots adapt to challenging situations in under 2 minutes -- with surprisingly lifelike results.
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