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In this issue of Designfax

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup: Pricing, pre-order info
  • Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane enters service
  • Army scientists on verge of unbreakable battery
  • New 'bullet' plane design aims to shake up aero industry
  • 710-hp Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is most powerful SUV
  • Mini motors drive largest model railway in the world
  • 500 miles on a charge: Samsung battery for EVs
  • The battle of stainless: 303 vs. 304 vs. 316
  • World First: Non-contact torque sensor for vehicles
  • Podcast: Masters of Engineering -- Corvette Stingray
  • Great Resources: Sheet metal design guide
  • FAQs about HVAC filtration and COVID-19
  • New Raspberry Pi is built into keyboard
  • Top 5 reasons for solder joint failure
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Tesla demos ventilator design that uses car parts
    • Impossible to come loose? Nord-Lock washers
    • What are the best brake pads? Cheap vs. expensive
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Hydrofoil speedboat set for full-on production
    • Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
    • Largest LEGO set ever: Roman Colosseum
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, Rivian R1T, BelugaXL

News

Can ultraviolet communication help transform Army networks?

Satellite design applied to largest aluminum sailing superyacht ever

Air Force Research Lab improving processes for fabricating aircraft engine inlet ducts

Researchers say electric cooker can sanitize N95 masks



Image - Hollow Shaft, Solid Performance
Hollow Shaft, Solid Performance
FAULHABER has set a new standard for internal aperture motors, with the new DM66200H stepper motor series. As a direct drive, the new hollow shaft motor operates backlash-free and can be integrated into different applications with minimal effort. This new stepper motor achieves impressive performance, for both speed and torque values. Its exceptionally wide aperture has a diameter of 40 mm.
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Feature articles

Image - Rivian R1T is coming in 2021: First electric pickup pricing and pre-orders
Rivian R1T is coming in 2021: First electric pickup pricing and pre-orders
New-kid-on-the-block Rivian has taken one giant step forward to becoming the first automaker to sell an electric pickup in the United States, releasing pricing and pre-order options for its R1T truck set for production next year. With solid financial backing from Ford, Amazon, T. Rowe Price, and others, the super-capable R1T looks like it could be a real winner.
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Image - Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane enters service with 30% extra transport capacity
Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane enters service with 30% extra transport capacity
Jan. 9, 2020, was a big, big day for Airbus when the first of six new BelugaXL cargo planes -- boasting the largest cargo bay cross-section of all existing cargo aircraft worldwide -- entered into service. The new mega plane will provide Airbus with 30% extra transport capacity in order to shuttle huge commercial aircraft parts to and from its various facilities.
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Image - Army scientists on verge of perfecting nearly unbreakable battery
Army scientists on verge of perfecting nearly unbreakable battery
During an era of modernized warfare, a small cadre of Army scientists has pioneered an all-but-invincible, lightweight battery set to roll out by 2024. So far, they have chopped up the new battery, dropped it in water, and conducted ballistic tests.
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Image - New 'bullet' plane design aims to shake up aero industry
New 'bullet' plane design aims to shake up aero industry
It may not feature a traditional super-aerodynamic look, but the Celera 500L sports a "bullet" design that Otto Aviation says is the future of fuel-efficient, small commercial plane flight. Boasting 18 to 25 mpg and a range of over 4,500 nautical miles, the six-passenger plane prototype already has 31 successful test flights under its belt.
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Image - 710-hp Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is new most powerful SUV
710-hp Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is new most powerful SUV
Move over, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (707 hp) and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid (670 hp), there's a new most powerful SUV in town. Featuring a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8, the 710-hp Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was born from a long muscle car lineage. It's a mountain lion, a toughened alley cat with street smarts, and a cheetah on the racetrack all in one.
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Image - Mini motors drive largest model railway in the world -- and model planes and cars too
Mini motors drive largest model railway in the world -- and model planes and cars too
If you're ever in Hamburg, you can visit many of the world's most scenic landscapes in a single day. You'll join the more than 17 million visitors who have already marveled at the Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model railway where 1,040 trains and more than 10,000 rail cars travel several hundred kilometers each day through nine themed worlds. There's also a model airport with 52 planes and 250 flights daily, 9,250 cars, a volcano, spaceships, and much much more. Mini motors, including from FAULHABER, help make it all come alive.
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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 traditional 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 - The battle of stainless: 303 vs. 304 vs. 316
The battle of stainless: 303 vs. 304 vs. 316
Choosing the correct stainless steel material is critical to any application -- especially those designed for washdown, corrosion resistance, heat resistance, or strength. There are a variety of materials to choose from, with many different specifications tied to them. But do you know the differences between the most widely used grades? Carlicia Layosa from MISUMI gives the rundown.
Read this informative MISUMI blog.

Image - NSK develops world's first non-contact torque sensor for motor vehicle drive shafts
NSK develops world's first non-contact torque sensor for motor vehicle drive shafts
NSK has developed a non-contact torque sensor capable of measuring the torque of drive shafts in real time. The technology is the first sensor in the world with this capability. Benefits include increased fuel economy and improved ride comfort and safety.
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Image - Podcast: Masters of Engineering -- Corvette Stingray began as a lump of clay
Podcast: Masters of Engineering -- Corvette Stingray began as a lump of clay
In a 17-year career at GM, Senior Industrial Design Sculptor Mark Ferri led the teams designing the exteriors and interiors of vehicles such as the Corvette Stingray, the Camaro 6, and the Chevy Colorado and Trailblazer. Many of these sleek looks were first refined as full-size clay concept models before they were further developed in 3D CAD. Recently, Ferris shared insights on conceptual design and prototyping as a guest on Onshape founder Jon Hirschtick's "Masters of Engineering" podcast. Ferri revealed the surprisingly critical role of physical human touch -- called cross-modal sensory perception -- in designing iconic cars.
Learn more and listen to the Onshape podcast. Very interesting.

Image - Great Resources: Sheet metal design guide
Great Resources: Sheet metal design guide
If you're looking for a basic guide to sheet metal design, this one from Xometry will serve your needs well. Follow the design requirements and tolerances in this guide to ensure parts fall closer to design intent. This is the type of information you'll sock away and then refer to again and again.
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Image - FAQs about HVAC filtration and COVID-19
FAQs about HVAC filtration and COVID-19
In many industries from healthcare to manufacturing, facilities managers are exploring whether their buildings are equipped to reduce the threat of infection from viral particles floating in the air. People want to know about their home systems too. Filtration experts at Parker Hannifin tackle the basics and even provide a takeaway fact sheet.
Read this informative Parker blog.

Image - New Raspberry Pi is built into keyboard -- just add TV or monitor
New Raspberry Pi is built into keyboard -- just add TV or monitor
Fans of the extremely popular credit card-sized computer called Raspberry Pi have a completely new option. The Raspberry Pi 400 kit integrates the keyboard and electronic components into a single compact unit -- just add TV or monitor. It is faster than the current Raspberry Pi too.
Read the full article.

Image - Top 5 reasons for solder joint failure
Top 5 reasons for solder joint failure
Solder joint reliability is often a pain point in the design of an electronic system. According to Tyler Ferris at ANSYS, a wide variety of factors affect solder joint reliability, and any one of them can drastically reduce joint lifetime. Properly identifying and mitigating potential causes of solder joint failure during the design and manufacturing process can prevent costly and difficult-to-solve problems later in a product lifecycle.
Read this informative ANSYS blog.

Most popular last issue

Image - Hydrofoil speedboat set for full-on production
Hydrofoil speedboat set for full-on production
Swedish tech company Candela Speed Boat is revving up production of the world's first hydrofoiling all-electric boat. With zero emissions, an extremely small wake, and the ability to fly more than a foot above the water at a top speed of 30 knots, the all-carbon-fiber Candela Seven aims to upend the nautical industry.
Read the full article.

Image - Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
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 - Largest LEGO set ever: Roman Colosseum
Largest LEGO set ever: Roman Colosseum
Get your inner gladiator on. You're going to need warrior-like persistence to conquer LEGO's new Colosseum set, which at 9,036 pieces is the largest set ever. It has been expertly designed to mimic the incredible architecture of the original Roman amphitheater, including a "wooden" LEGO arena inside the almost 2-ft-deep structure. They say Rome wasn't built in a day. This won't be either.
Learn more.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Tesla demos ventilator design that uses car parts
On April 5, 2020, Tesla showed the world the first prototype of the ventilator design it was working on to help with the shortage of medical equipment in the fight against COVID-19. Tesla engineering used several parts from its electric car lineup to create the artificial breathing device, including the Model 3 infotainment computer system and screen, the air mixing chamber, sensors, and vehicle controllers. The Tesla system is portable and even comes with an extra battery and O2 backup that lasts for 20 to 40 minutes.
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Impossible to loosen unintentionally? Nord-Lock washers
Can you get a design edge with a wedge? In this animated video, Nord-Lock explains the principle behind their original wedge-locking technology, which secures bolted joints even when exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads. The company says it is impossible for this type of washer to loosen unintentionally, due to the wedge created underneath the bolt head and nut.
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What are the best brake pads? Cheaper vs. expensive tested
Are expensive brake pads better than cheaper brake pads? Are cheap brake pads dangerous? Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained compares units ranging from $20 to $90, all for the front brake pads on the exact same vehicle. He runs through some pretty thorough performance, corrosion, shear, and noise tests to find out. You almost always learn something new from Jason.
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