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March 24, 2020Volume 16 Issue 12


Image - Why All Piezo Motors are NOT Created Equal
Why All Piezo Motors are NOT Created Equal
The demand for miniaturization and/or higher speed and precision in fields such as bio-nanotechnology, semiconductors, photonics, metrology and data comm keeps pushing manufacturers to come up with innovative drive technologies. There are multiple types of piezo drives that work for various applications.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • 500 miles on a charge: Samsung battery for EVs
  • 50 Years Ago: Moon rock is star of World's Fair Japan
  • Composite metal foams take the heat
  • Top shelf: 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • What is electroforming?
  • Toolbox: Multiphysics simulation of microwave oven design
  • The Xometry Complete Guide to 3D Printing
  • High-force linear actuator in muscle car sim
  • Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
  • Indexing plungers with position signal
  • New low-cost high-speed robot
  • NASA needs your help designing a Moon digger
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Gyroscopic stabilization of a hexapod
    • No need to stack springs to handle higher loads
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Boeing unveils Army FARA attack copter
    • Study: Fast-charging can ruin EV batteries
    • Gremlin drones will be launched, retrieved mid-air
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

News

New optical communications technology doubles data transfer speed

Physicists design new filter for blocking high-pitched sounds -- and the negative effects they could cause

Three national labs achieve record magnetic field for accelerator focusing magnet

Rutgers-created robot uses artificial intelligence and imaging to draw blood, can 'steer' needle



Image - Voodoo Manufacturing triples 3D-printing output with Universal Robots
Voodoo Manufacturing triples 3D-printing output with Universal Robots
Voodoo Manufacturing was racing against time to scale up their 3D-printing business by automating the loading and unloading of printer plates. The Brooklyn startup chose a UR10 robot with a Robotiq gripper and has now tripled output, enabling them to compete with injection molding. Why did UR win? Because no other collaborative robot offered the ease of integration now provided through the Universal Robots+ platform.
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Feature articles

Image - 500 miles on a charge: Samsung announces solid-state battery for EVs
500 miles on a charge: Samsung announces solid-state battery for EVs
Researchers from Samsung recently presented a study on high-performance, long-lasting all-solid-state batteries. Their promising prototype pouch cell is smaller and safer than tradition Li-ion batteries in use today, and would enable an electric vehicle (EV) to travel almost 500 miles on a single charge.
Read the full article.

Image - 50 Years Ago: NASA's Moon rock sample is star <br>of World's Fair in Japan
50 Years Ago: NASA's Moon rock sample is star
of World's Fair in Japan

Beginning on Mar. 15, 1970, Osaka, Japan, played host to Expo '70, the first World's Fair held in Asia. Several new technologies, including the first IMAX large format movie and magnetic levitation (maglev), debuted at the event. But for many, the star of the show was a rather unremarkable looking 2-lb rock displayed high up in a special glass case.
Read the full article.

Image - Composite metal foams take the heat, move closer to widespread applications
Composite metal foams take the heat, move closer to widespread applications
North Carolina State University researchers have demonstrated that composite metal foams (CMFs) can pass so-called "simulated pool fire testing" with flying colors, moving the material closer to use in applications such as packaging, transportation of hazardous materials. aerospace, and military.
Read the full article.

Image - Precision Ceramic and Glass Microcomponents
Precision Ceramic and Glass Microcomponents
Goodfellow offers ceramic and glass microcomponents, both standard and precision-machined to customer specifications. Examples include ultra-thin glass microsheet for use as transparent substrates; precision spheres for use as precision spacers and optical components; micro optics such as prisms, lenses and windows; injection-molded ceramic microcomponents for surgical equipment and fiber optic applications; polished sapphire bearings and sub mm bore nozzles; and single and multi-bore capillary tubing with sub mm diameters.
Learn more: Finished Components and Finished Products.

Image - Top shelf: 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Top shelf: 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Even though you may be stuck inside, you can still take a mighty fine ride in your mind. Why not go top shelf and choose the 2021 911 Turbo S -- the fastest and most powerful 911 yet? With a completely new engine, 640 hp, and updated adaptive aerodynamics, you'll be feeling fine and carefree, whether you pick the cabriolet or the coupe version.
Read the full article.

Image - What is electroforming? How does it actually work?
What is electroforming? How does it actually work?
Electroplating may have been around for centuries, but only Servometer excels at manufacturing dynamic, convoluted bellows electroforms. Watch Servometer's five-step electroforming manufacturing process and learn how they are able to deliver electroformed components that feature extreme tolerances, complex geometries, lightweight construction, structural strength, and how they can be applied to a variety of applications.
Watch the video.

Image - Toolbox: Multiphysics simulation cooks up smart microwave oven designs
Toolbox: Multiphysics simulation cooks up smart microwave oven designs
Engineers at ITW use multiphysics simulation and applications to analyze smart appliance designs, improving the tools kitchen professionals need to cook food faster and more evenly with solid-state, convection heating capabilities. COMSOL software and an add-on RF Module help study varying loads, uniformity, hot spots in food, and more.
Read the full article.

Image - The Xometry Complete Guide to 3D Printing
The Xometry Complete Guide to 3D Printing
Interested in 3D printing but don't know where to start? Xometry has you covered. Their new, extensive guide outlines everything you need to know about 3D printing/additive manufacturing, its basics, getting started, and the top commercial 3D-printing processes and materials used today. Explore further and learn the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing, and the trends in 3D printing for 2020.
Read the online Xometry guide.

Image - High-force linear actuator makes muscle car simulation possible
High-force linear actuator makes muscle car simulation possible
Tolomatic linear actuators are used worldwide in a myriad of industries for automation tasks like conveying, sorting, and filling, but they are also used in demanding, non-industrial applications such as simulators for flight, driving, testing, and entertainment. Learn how electric high-force linear actuators helped simulate the experience of popping a wheelie in a true muscle car.
Read this informative Tolomatic blog post.

Image - Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
Hungry for more mechanical knowledge? KHK USA takes you on a journey through the history and applications of gears in two information-packed, no-cost volumes called "The ABCs of Gears." Part A is aimed at beginners, while part B moves on to intermediate fare, such as types of gears and tooth forms, heat treatment, surface treatment, production methods, etc. Another mid-level text called "Introduction to Gears" and an in-depth "Gear Technical Reference" are also available, chock full of materials information and calculation examples and tables. Best of all, there is no registration for any of these valuable PDF resources. Thanks, KHK USA!
Click here to learn more.

Image - Indexing plungers with position signal
Indexing plungers with position signal
Indexing plungers often fulfill safety functions, but this isn't the only time when it is important to obtain feedback about their position. A new stainless steel unit from JW Winco allows automated status checks. The GN 817.6 offers the familiar basic functionality of a proven indexing plunger but with the key addition of an integrated sensor. This reports the position of the plunger pin by means of an electrical signal over a cable connection terminating with an M8 standard connector. Very useful.
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Image - New low-cost high-speed robot from DENSO
New low-cost high-speed robot from DENSO
DENSO Robotics developed the entry-level LPH to meet the demand for precision robots needed for light-duty manufacturing applications. Equipment manufacturers who are new to automation, companies reinventing their product lines, and entrepreneurs launching new devices are among those who make up the growing market for high-quality robots that don't break the bank. Compact and lightweight, the LPH is a 4-axis selective compliance assembly robot arm (SCARA) built to handle a maximum payload of no more than 6.6 lb (3 kg) with a maximum arm reach of 1.3 ft (400 mm). When operated routinely at the highest rated payload, the LPH has a life cycle of up to five years. For lighter loads, the LPH has a longer life cycle.
Learn more.

Image - NASA needs your help designing a Moon digger
NASA needs your help designing a Moon digger
Digging on the Moon is a hard job for a robot. It has to be able to collect and move lunar soil, or regolith, but it can't rely on its weight and traction as much as an excavator can on Earth. NASA has a solution, but it is looking for ideas to make it better. NASA's RASSOR Bucket Drum Design Challenge is open through April 20, 2020.
Read the full article.

Most popular last issue

Image - Boeing unveils Army FARA attack copter design
Boeing unveils Army FARA attack copter design
Boeing revealed its U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) design on March 3, the fourth company to put its helicopter plans in the running for a new military contract. Boeing envisions a thrust compounded single main rotor helicopter that boasts a six-bladed rotor system, tandem seating, a modular state-of-the-art cockpit, and more.
Read the full article.

Image - Study shows industry-standard fast-charging cycles can ruin an electric car's batteries
Study shows industry-standard fast-charging cycles can ruin an electric car's batteries
Commercial fast-charging stations subject electric car batteries to high temperatures and high resistance that can cause them to crack, leak, and lose their storage capacity, according to engineers at the University of California, Riverside.
Read the full article.

Image - Gremlin drones will be launched, retrieved mid-air
Gremlin drones will be launched, retrieved mid-air
DARPA has completed the first flight test of its X-61A vehicle, part of its Gremlins program that aims to launch swarms of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems from U.S. military planes and retrieve them mid-air. Gremlins could fill an advantageous design-and-use space between existing models of missiles and conventional aircraft.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Gyroscopic stabilization of a hexapod
There are many optics and metrology-related applications that require a stable work surface in an unstable environment, whether that environment is vibrating, in an aircraft, on a vessel at sea, or elsewhere. Under normal conditions, the work surface is subject to these environmental disturbances. Hexapod motion platforms provide a good basis to compensate for motion in 6 degrees of freedom. Learn all about hexapods and see them in action in this extensive and informative tech blog from PI (Physik Instrumente).
Learn more and view the video.

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No need to stack springs to handle higher loads
The need to stack individual springs for higher loads is no longer necessary. Nested springs result in a spring rate that increases proportionately to the number of turns. They can exert tremendous forces, yet maintain the precision of a circular-grain wave spring. In many applications, Nested Wave Springs replace Belleville Springs, particularly in cases where a high-but-accurate force is needed.
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