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February 21, 2012Volume 08 Issue 07

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In this issue of Designfax

  • All about long-travel piezomotors
  • Hand-held brain scanner could be lifesaver
  • Photovoltaic panels made from plant material
  • Wheels: Ultimate ‘go anywhere' craft
  • Mike Likes: All-in-one workstation with swappable parts
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Energy harvesting in plumbing/HVAC
  • Heads Up: Vehicle safety technology migration
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • F-35 fighter testing: 2011 is 'year of firsts'
    • 5 reasons why SpaceClaim is best for sheet metal
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • How do you fight fire in space?
    • Building high-tech hands for wounded warriors
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Materials , Special: Sensors
    Cover Image: Amphibious ARKTOS Craft [Image: ARKTOS Developments]


Visteon launching in-vehicle wireless charging technology in 2013

LORD bearings and vibration control technologies selected by Sikorsky for S-97 RAIDER helicopter program

ITT's J1772 electric vehicle charging connector showcased on episode of 'Jay Leno's Garage'

Bioelectric bandage has U.S. Army really interested

RoboCopters summoned by iPad apps are already in the works for U.S. Navy and Marines

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Introducing Rogan's
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Feature articles
Long-travel piezomotors: New innovations, new solutions
When high force or high dynamics is required, piezoelectric actuation represents the gold standard. And now the technology has just gotten better, providing new capabilities in the nano- and micro-positioning world.
Read the full article.
Hand-held brain scanner could be lifesaver for military, civilians
Battlefield corpsmen and medical professionals across the country gained a valuable tool recently when the Food and Drug Administration approved the first hand-held device to detect life-threatening bleeding in the brain this past December.
Read the full article.
Photovoltaic panels made from plant material show promise
Within a few years, people in remote villages in the developing world may be able to make their own solar panels, at low cost, using otherwise worthless agricultural waste as their raw material. At least that's the vision of MIT researcher Andreas Mershin.
Read the full article.
Ultimate ‘go anywhere' craft tested with Autodesk Simulation

ARKTOS Developments Ltd. (ADL) – the designer and manufacturer of a remarkable amphibious vehicle known as the ARKTOS Craft – is using simulation software from Autodesk to prepare its products to operate in some of the world's most environmentally demanding locations.
Read the full article.

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Mike Likes:
All-in-one workstation with swappable parts

Design-wise, who hasn't wished for a powerful computer with easily accessible, changeable parts? Well, HP's new Z1 all in one is just that, featuring a tool-less chasis and a very sweet 27-in. display. Built for computer-aided design, digital media, and entertainment professionals, this just-launched customizable powerhouse brings "plug-and-play" to new heights. Be sure to check out the "making of the HP Z1" video for insights from the designers. Pricing starts at $1,899.00.
Find out more about the HP Z1.
Engineer's Toolbox:
Energy harvesting comes to plumbing and HVAC

Nextreme Thermal Solutions has developed two new energy-harvesting subsystems for the plumbing and HVAC industries. The subsystems are the latest additions to Nextreme's Thermobility energy-harvesting platform that uses thin-film thermoelectric technology to convert available thermal energy into electric power.
Read the full article.
Heads Up: Vehicle safety technology migration
A new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows that it typically takes three decades for a promising safety feature first introduced in a few luxury cars to spread to 95% of vehicles on the road. Wow. We thought it was more like 10 or 15 years, at most. This report is only available in .pdf form (sorry about that, but luckily it's formatted like a mag article).
Read the article.

Most popular last issue
How do you fight fire in space?
Improving fire-fighting techniques in space and getting a better understanding of fuel combustion here on Earth are the focus of a series of experiments on the International Space Station, led by a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. A first round of experiments ran from March 2009 to December 2011. A second round kicked off in January and is set to last a year or more.
Read the full article.
Building high-tech hands for wounded warriors
Top scientists and technologists are working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to give arms and hands back to warriors who lose them in battle.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
F-35 fighter testing: 2011 is 'year of firsts'
The F-35A flight test team at Edwards AFB, CA, recounts 2011, a productive year of test that they call "the year of the firsts." From flight envelope expansion to mission systems, and KC-10 fuel testing to sensor fusion, the team made great strides testing the F-35A fighter, a conventional takeoff and landing craft that is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and the only one in the series equipped with an internal cannon. The fighter's fraternal twin, the F-35B, is a short-takeoff and vertical-landing craft.
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5 reasons why SpaceClaim is best for sheet metal
Cut your sheet metal manufacturing prep time in half. SpaceClaim's 2011 enhancements include that you can work with imported STL files, explore unbelievable sheet metal tools, manage large assemblies, access an awesome free TraceParts library, and other mind-blowing upgrades. Check out the latest that SpaceClaim engineering software has to offer for sheet metal design.
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