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August 03, 2021Volume 17 Issue 29


Image - Mini controllers are big news in motion control
Mini controllers are big news in motion control
The mini-but-mighty FAULHABER MC 3001 motion controllers are designed for precise control and positioning tasks of small DC motors and are ideal for applications with limited space that call for high control dynamics and high performance. In spite of their extremely compact design, they feature the same functionality and interfaces (RS232 and CANopen) as well as the same encoder interfaces as the other more powerful products of the MC V3.0 generation. Applications include robotics, automation technology, machine construction, and medical and laboratory technology.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Researchers work out how to optimize Army engines
  • Enhanced UR10e cobot handles 25% more payload
  • Temporary wireless pacemaker dissolves in body
  • New James Bond supercar now a 217-mph hybrid
  • 'Materials Inside' podcast approaches 100,000 downloads
  • New! Revolutionary Revolox™ Self-Locking Retaining Ring
  • Bring production-ready nylon 3D printing to your benchtop
  • How to choose: Linear shafts vs. posts vs. rotary shafts
  • Tech Tip: How colorants affect plastic characteristics
  • Magnetic couplings 'mechanically isolate' shafts and motor
  • A servo motor first: Certified PROFINET with PROFIdrive
  • LEGO: Star Wars Republic Gunship just released
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Cobots power flexible machine loading
    • ANSYS Discovery overview
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Most Popular 1st Half 2021: Part 1
    • Most Popular 1st Half 2021: Part 2
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Aston Martin Valhalla

News

Gaming graphics card allows faster, more precise control of fusion energy experiments

New 'superfuge' test combines multiple environments on a full-scale nuclear weapons system

New algorithm flies drones faster than human racing pilots

Scientists developing inhalable COVID-19 vaccine spray



Feature articles

Image - Researchers work out how to optimize Army engines that use jet and other fuels
Researchers work out how to optimize Army engines that use jet and other fuels
A U.S. Army study has uncovered a new method that will optimize engine efficiency in future ground and unmanned aerial systems platforms. Researchers have discovered the precise dependence of ignition delay on temperatures at specific conditions in compression-ignition intermittent combustion engines.
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Image - Enhanced UR10e cobot handles 25% more payload
Enhanced UR10e cobot handles 25% more payload
Universal Robots has just released a new, enhanced version of its bestselling cobot, the UR10e, with 25% more payload capacity. That means this versatile unit can now handle 27.55 lb. The increased payload is a response to customers needing to move heavier items in applications like palletizing. Better yet, the robot's price is staying the same.
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Image - Temporary wireless pacemaker dissolves in body
Temporary wireless pacemaker dissolves in body
Researchers at Northwestern and George Washington universities have developed the first-ever transient pacemaker -- a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that disappears after it's no longer needed.
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Image - New James Bond Aston Martin supercar becomes 217-mph hybrid V8 for real-world sales
New James Bond Aston Martin supercar becomes 217-mph hybrid V8 for real-world sales
The newest James Bond movie, "No Time To Die," will feature four different Aston Martin models, including an ultra-cool supercar concept called the Valhalla that will make it to production in 2023. The real-world hybrid Valhalla will have just a little less oomph -- boasting 937 hp that comes from a twin turbo V8 ICE and twin e-motors -- than the on-screen configuration and some stylistic changes, but luckily it will have just as much swagger.
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Image - Goodfellow 'Materials Inside' podcast approaches 100,000 downloads
Goodfellow 'Materials Inside' podcast approaches 100,000 downloads
Goodfellow's highly popular "Materials Inside" podcast is approaching 100,000 downloads in its first few months. The series is ideal for anyone with an interest in the science behind materials. "Materials Inside" offers a unique perspective on each material featured, looking at not only the basics of the material, but also unique applications such as the material's use in design projects. Episodes focus on Inconel, Ceramic and Other Foams, Perovskites, Copper, Tantalum, Borosilicate Glass, and more.
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Image - New! Revolutionary Revolox™ Self-Locking Retaining Ring
New! Revolutionary Revolox™ Self-Locking Retaining Ring
Rotational capacity requirements for modern applications are higher than ever, especially in electric motors, gearboxes, and automotive transmissions. Smalley's latest retaining ring innovation, the Revolox Self-Locking Ring, features a "dimple and slot" design that safely and efficiently secures your application at high speeds.
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Image - Bring production-ready nylon 3D printing to your benchtop
Bring production-ready nylon 3D printing to your benchtop
Formlabs has released the world's first benchtop industrial selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer, the Fuse 1, along with Fuse Sift (a post-processing system for the Fuse 1) and Nylon 12 and Nylon 11 powders. SLS technology has long been trusted by engineers and large manufacturers for its ability to print strong, functional prototypes and end-use parts, but its high cost and complex workflow have historically confined access to big companies. The Fuse 1 and Fuse Sift improve on the unique advantages offered by SLS while bringing it within reach for companies of all sizes and types through affordability and ease of use.
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Image - How to choose: Linear shafts vs. posts vs. rotary shafts
How to choose: Linear shafts vs. posts vs. rotary shafts
According to Carlicia Layosa at MISUMI, "Linear shafts, posts, and rotary shafts are used when you need to control some type of motion, either linear or rotary, or a combination of the two," but do you know the difference between these options and what applications are best for each?
Read this informative MISUMI blog.

Image - Tech Tip: How colorants affect plastic characteristics
Tech Tip: How colorants affect plastic characteristics
If you're starting a custom plastic injection molding project, you'll want to select a material with the properties most suitable for the function of your parts. One aspect of polymer characteristics that doesn't always get the consideration it deserves is the addition of colorant. Believe it or not, there is a whole scientific body of knowledge about the ways in which adding color to plastic can affect the behavioral properties of the plastic. This short article by Denny Scher of ICOMold takes a high-level look at some of the different, and surprising, ways colorants can have an effect on plastics.
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Image - Magnetic couplings 'mechanically isolate' shafts and motor
Magnetic couplings 'mechanically isolate' shafts and motor
Magnetic couplings from Miki Pulley are ideal for machine designs involving food, pharmaceutical, and laboratory applications requiring clean, non-contact connection between motor and shafts. The mechanically isolated magnetic coupling transmits torque through the air. This occurs through both input and output hubs of the coupling, which contain powerful rare-earth magnets. These magnets create a magnetic field that transmits torque through plastic, glass, aluminum, and other minimally ferrous materials without physical engagement. There is no dust, debris, or mechanical wear using this coupling compared to conventional couplings. It can also act as a torque limiter in an over-load event.
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Image - A servo motor first: Certified PROFINET with PROFIdrive
A servo motor first: Certified PROFINET with PROFIdrive
Dunkermotoren, a world leader in brushless DC motors with integrated electronics from 1 to 4,000 W, is the first drive technology manufacturer to fully integrate its certified PROFINET solution with PROFIdrive into a motor -- a milestone in terms of cabling, commissioning, and IIoT capability. The certification ensures users that high standards of stability, even under extreme bus conditions, are always maintained. Currently, the products BG 95 dPro, BG 75 dPro, BG 66 dPro, and BGE 5510 dPro are available with the PROFINET interface.
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Image - LEGO: Star Wars Republic Gunship just released
LEGO: Star Wars Republic Gunship just released
The Star Wars Republic Gunship was the most requested design idea from fans, so LEGO has launched the ship as the latest in its Ultimate Collector Series. Inspired by "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and featured in the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the 3,292-piece set -- featuring a ship width of more than 2 ft -- is chock full of amazing detail crafted for experienced builders and new fans alike. It also includes LEGO Star Wars mini figures of legendary Jedi Master Mace Windu and a Clone Trooper Commander.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Most Popular Stories/Products 1st Half 2021: Part 1
Most Popular Stories/Products 1st Half 2021: Part 1
Scientists take look at 100-year-old Tesla valve, new rocket thruster concept, 1967 Mustang gets carbon fiber body, Antikythera Mechanism, all-electric Rimac Nevera -- 0 to 60 in 1.85 sec, Lucid Air gets 500 miles on a charge, Mars helicopter motors, ways to improve sheet metal parts, and more.
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Image - Most Popular Stories/Products 1st Half 2021: Part 2
Most Popular Stories/Products 1st Half 2021: Part 2
Ford F-150 Lightning, airless bike tire uses NASA tech, hydrogen paste powers motorcycles, cutting gummy metals, DEFIANT X advanced assault helicopter, MAHLE magnet-free EV motor, 3D metal printer for in-office use, top reasons for solder joint failure, and more.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Cobots power flexible machine loading at PrecisionForm
PrecisionForm, a market leader in small custom metal parts, was challenged to automate the task of picking parts in deep bins and inserting them into a CNC machine. The company deployed Universal Robots' ActiNav system for flexible machine loading, enabling them to boost competitiveness, overcome labor challenges, empower their workforce, and extend the lifespan of older equipment.

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ANSYS Discovery overview
ANSYS Discovery is a 3D design software product family that allows all engineers to build smarter products, reduce time to market, and decrease product development costs. Easy-to-use tools provide instantaneous and high-fidelity engineering simulation capabilities across all physics types, allowing users to iterate rapidly on more concepts in real time and improve design performance in minutes.
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