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September 09, 2014Volume 10 Issue 34


Image - Completely Updated New Full Line Catalog: <br>Full of New Fasteners
Completely Updated New Full Line Catalog:
Full of New Fasteners

Micro Plastics introduces its new 300-page catalog #40 containing thousands of fastening solutions for engineers and product designers. Find hundreds of new problem-solving products, including Spacers, Washers, Clips, Clamps, Ties, Bushings, Screws, Nuts, Rivets, and Plugs. Micro Plastics specializes in Nylon threaded fasteners, but the company also offers extensive product lines for wire management and circuit board hardware. FREE samples are available upon request.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Hydraulics: The 'dinosaur' returns, again and again
  • Mechatronics: Top 5 electrical considerations
  • Wings: 787 Dreamliner carbon fiber in football gear
  • Wheels: NIST helps auto industry 'lighten up'
  • Plastic parts with no molds required
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Maximizing retention of spring pins
  • New Concepts: VERSABALL 'jamming' gripper
  • Cool Kits: Wireless tactile feedback prototyping
  • Services: Custom molded, overmolded components
  • Products: Customized direct-drive motors
  • Products: 3D CAD viewer adds large format printing
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • igus self-lubricating solutions for 3D printing
    • Turn 2D drawings to 3D models
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Water splitter runs on AAA battery
    • Wheels: Thermoplastic carbon composite wheel
    • World's first aluminum turbocharger
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Software
    Cover Image: Mechatronics -- Rexroth's top 5 electrical considerations for mechanical engineers

News

Los Alamos licensing quantum key distribution -- low-cost, super-secure encryption for everyone

GE9X engine for Boeing 777X aircraft features fewer, thinner composite blades

Wanted by DARPA: Partners to create robotic satellite-servicing capabilities

3D-printing, additive manufacturing industry expected to quadruple in four years



Image - Metal Bellows ... As Spring Replacements
Metal Bellows ... As Spring Replacements
In electrical systems, springs are commonly used as an electrical interface to connect devices that are not permanently installed. Servometer® precision metal bellows are a reliable alternative to springs in both electrical and mechanical applications, and offer various benefits to create a cost-effective, repeatable solution.

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Feature articles

Image - Hydraulics: <br>The 'dinosaur' returns, again and again
Hydraulics:
The 'dinosaur' returns, again and again

Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology -- if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don't seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going energy-efficiency debate and the apparent cure-all: electric drive systems. Perhaps the "dinosaurs of drive technology" are truly at an end. Yet they keep coming back and are more sustainable than ever -- all thanks to consistent, systematic thinking.
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Image - Mechatronics: <br>Top 5 electrical considerations for mechanical engineers
Mechatronics:
Top 5 electrical considerations for mechanical engineers

Mechanical and electrical engineers often overlook important issues when specifying their respective parts of an electromechanical system. Consider these five targeted pieces of advice for mechanical engineers responsible for electromechanical systems, as provided by an electrical engineer.
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Image - Wings: <br>Excess carbon fiber from Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes to the football field
Wings:
Excess carbon fiber from Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes to the football field

If football players had wings, just imagine what they could do. Now they just might get them ... sort of. Boeing and Russell Athletic are working together to incorporate excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production into football protective gear, such as the CarbonTek shoulder pad and exoskeleton system.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Stressed and strained to the max -- New NIST research center helps auto industry 'lighten up'
Wheels:
Stressed and strained to the max -- New NIST research center helps auto industry 'lighten up'

As they transition to new types of steel, aluminum, magnesium, composites, and other lightweight options, automakers and their suppliers are turning to the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Automotive Lightweighting (NCAL) for information key to the manufacturability of these materials -- including critical information on metal-forming characteristics. Center-supplied information also guides design decisions that will impact the performance, durability, and crashworthiness of future cars and trucks.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Plastic parts with no molds required
Mike Likes:
Plastic parts with no molds required

How often have you wondered what life would be like without having to worry about paying tooling charge after tooling charge for products in early development? The "No Molds Required" (NMR) manufacturing technology from Envision Plastics & Design could be your answer. This unique production process harmonizes a combination of sheet metal fabrication and woodworking practices to produce plastic parts used for enclosures, panels and shrouds, brackets and shields, medical-based products, and more.
Read the full article.

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>How to maximize retention of spring pins
Engineer's Toolbox:
How to maximize retention of spring pins

Spring pins are used in many different assemblies for a variety of reasons: to serve as hinge pins and axles, to align components, or simply to fasten multiple components together. When properly implemented, they provide reliable, robust joints with excellent retention. SPIROL Application Engineer Evan Dowell runs through the dos and don'ts of using spring pins.
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Image - New Concepts: <br>VERSABALL 'jamming' gripper in action at IMTS
New Concepts:
VERSABALL 'jamming' gripper in action at IMTS

Attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, September 8-13, will be the first to witness the commercially available version of Empire Robotics' VERSABALL -- a new gripper archetype able to flexibly adapt to multiple, automated manufacturing tasks. Hosted at Universal Robots' IMTS Booth E-4841, the VERSABALL demonstration takes place on Wednesday, September 10, from 9 am to 1 pm. The VERSABALL is a squishy balloon membrane full of loose sub-millimeter particles that easily conforms around a wide range of target object shapes and sizes. Even if you can't attend, learn more about this super-cool innovation here.
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Image - Cool Kits: <br>Wireless tactile feedback prototyping anytime, anywhere
Cool Kits:
Wireless tactile feedback prototyping anytime, anywhere

Texas Instruments' wireless haptic development kit enables easy tactile feedback prototyping for eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects in a wide range of applications. Using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and a free iOS app, the Haptic Bluetooth Kit (DRV2605EVM-BT) enables designers to create haptic sequences and LED patterns for tactile feedback, notifications, and alerts from a pre-licensed library of more than 100 distinct haptic effects, eliminating wires and the need to design haptic waveforms.
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Image - Services: <br>Custom molded and overmolded components
Services:
Custom molded and overmolded components

Molded components for critical applications have their performance life extended with proprietary elastomer and thermoplastic compounds developed by The Rubber Group. Combining high strength and resistance to high- and low-temperature extremes, these specialty compounds and adhesive technologies reduce operating costs and enhance service life expectancies. For both dynamic and static applications, high-performance Nitrile, Fluorocarbons, EPDM, Neoprene, and Hydrogenated Nitrile meet wide-ranging environmental conditions.
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Image - Products: <br>Customized direct-drive motors
Products:
Customized direct-drive motors

Applimotion's Frameless Direct Drive motor kits have been used in custom direct-drive motors for more than 15 years in automation systems, robotics, semiconductor equipment, medical devices, and communication systems. The ULT, UTH, and UTS motor kits can be integrated into a customized assembly with high-resolution encoders and precision bearings. Some assemblies even include harmonic-drive gearing systems. Custom assemblies can range from 8-mm to 600-mm diameters and torque from .1 to 1,000 NM with unique through-holes, mechanical features, and custom cabling.
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Image - Products: <br>3D CAD viewer adds Catia 2D-drawings support, large format printing, and undo
Products:
3D CAD viewer adds Catia 2D-drawings support, large format printing, and undo

KISTERS has announced the release of 3DViewStation V2014.1. The KISTERS 3DViewStation is known for its modern user interface; high-performance 3D viewing and Digital MockUp (DMU); current and mature CAD-importers for i.e. Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, JT, 3D-PDF and STEP; plus a reasonable set of functional tools to view, analyze, and communicate 3D data as STEP, JT, or 3D PDF. 3DViewStation ships with a fresh Office 2013-compliant user interface. The focus of the latest developments has been set to Catia 2D-drawings support, large format printing, and undo.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Stanford scientists develop water splitter that runs on ordinary AAA battery
Stanford scientists develop water splitter that runs on ordinary AAA battery
Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed a cheap, emissions-free device that uses a 1.5-V battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas could be used to power fuel cells in zero-emissions vehicles.
Read the full article.

Image - Wheels: <br>SABIC, Kringlan developing world's first thermoplastic carbon composite wheel
Wheels:
SABIC, Kringlan developing world's first thermoplastic carbon composite wheel

They're on a roll, and they're almost there. Polymers juggernaut SABIC along with the Swiss company Kringlan Composites and industry partners such as TenCate are working to further advance the development of the world's first carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic wheel for cars and trucks.
Read the full article.

Image - Continental supplies world's first turbocharger with aluminum turbine housing in cars
Continental supplies world's first turbocharger with aluminum turbine housing in cars
The global development trend toward turbocharging for gasoline engines is in full swing in a bid to provide smaller cubic capacity and lower fuel consumption while offering the same, if not better, performance. International automotive supplier Continental is supporting this trend and setting milestones with its pioneering and innovative turbocharger technology.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
igus self-lubricating solutions for 3D printing
igus® gives designers of 3D printers access to a wide variety of linear technology, plain bearings, energy supply chains and lead screw units -- all tested and self-lubricating, shipped from stock in 24 hours, and with no minimum order required. Additionally, igus has introduced their own filaments for 3D printers. 50 times more abrasion resistant than traditional 3D printing materials, the iglide I170 and I180 filaments are perfect for prototyping or creating custom, wear-resistant solutions.
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Ease your transition from 2D drawings to 3D models
See how easy it is to use DraftSight from Dassault Systemes and SolidWorks to add 3D geometry to your 2D drawings to convert them to DWG file 3D models.
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