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April 05, 2022Volume 18 Issue 13


Image - Stuck on Coil Springs?
Stuck on Coil Springs?
Smalley Wave Springs can replace conventional coil springs while occupying only 50% of the space and providing the same force and deflection. Over 4,000 springs are available from stock in carbon and stainless steel or utilize Smalley's No-Tooling-Cost™ manufacturing process on custom designs, available from .118" to 120". Free samples are available for testing.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Drone surveillance system fits in pickup bed
  • High-performance linear motors: A technical overview
  • How a NASA engineer created the modern airplane wing
  • Run about in retro style: All-new Morgan Super 3
  • New Standard Parts Handbook from JW Winco
  • Tiny switches give solid-state LiDAR record resolution
  • Low- and high-volume injection molding production
  • Top Product: Copper foam -- so many advantages
  • Motors for the robotics industry
  • High-def SWIR camera for military apps
  • Cool Tools: Entry-level high-tech portable 3D scanner
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Affix a heat sink in seconds!
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Air Force tests Palletized Weapon System
    • Mercedes VISION EQXX: 620 miles a charge
    • NASA's Webb telescope mirror alignment
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: All-new Morgan Super 3 from Morgan Motor Co.

News

Lockheed Martin chosen to prototype next-gen U.S. Marine Corps 5G communications

Researchers investigate key parameters for keeping foams on walls

Ford confirms F-150 Lightning electric truck final EPA-estimated range ahead of customer deliveries this spring

Weird Science: Speed of sound on Mars is slower than on Earth and varies with pitch



Image - Small installation space? Don't compromise on performance.
Small installation space? Don't compromise on performance.
Optimal application design or maximum torque? With FAULHABER's BXT series of flat motors, developers get both. The series is designed as an ultra-compact system solution. With coordinated stainless steel planetary gearheads and integrated encoder and speed controller, it offers exceptional torque and high positioning accuracy in the tightest spaces.
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Feature articles

Image - Drone surveillance system fits in pickup bed -- monitors 500 targets simultaneously
Drone surveillance system fits in pickup bed -- monitors 500 targets simultaneously
Engineers at Teledyne FLIR Defense have created a powerful drone surveillance system that fits in the back of a standard pickup truck -- and it can even execute a kill chain using non-kinetic technology at up to 1.5 km.
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Image - High-performance linear motors: A technical overview
High-performance linear motors: A technical overview
Linear motors are found in everything from automated optical inspection machines to amusement park rides and even aircraft carrier jet launchers. Learn about the different types of linear motors available for industrial use, their principles of operation, history of development, design methods, and applications in this in-depth overview from HIWIN Corp. Lots to learn here.
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Image - How a NASA engineer created the modern airplane wing
How a NASA engineer created the modern airplane wing
Once dubbed "the man who could see air," NASA engineer Richard T. Whitcomb used a combination of visualization and intuition to revolutionize modern aviation -- by turning the shape of the airplane wing on its head. Today, nearly every commercial airplane bears the marks of Whitcomb's several innovations, which include the development of winglets on wing tips.
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Image - Run about in retro style: All-new Morgan Super 3
Run about in retro style: All-new Morgan Super 3
If classic cars with a modern twist get your motor running, then specialty British automaker Morgan Motor Co. has a little something for you. It's a two-seat three-wheeler called the Super 3 that features a clean-sheet jet-age design, a 116-hp three-cylinder Ford gasoline engine, and loads of opportunities for fun driving while you feel the road. Left-hand drive available.
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Image - New Standard Parts Handbook from JW Winco
New Standard Parts Handbook from JW Winco
JW Winco's printed Standard Parts Handbook is a comprehensive 2,184-page reference that supports designers and engineers with the largest selection of standard parts categorized into three main groups: operating, clamping, and machine parts. More than 75,000 standard parts can be found in this valuable resource, including the company's most popular sellers as well as brand new products such as toggle clamps, shaft collars, concealed multiple-joint hinges, and hygienically designed components (including ones made of metal-detectable plastics or antibacterial materials).
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Image - Tiny switches give solid-state LiDAR record resolution
Tiny switches give solid-state LiDAR record resolution
A new type of high-res LiDAR chip developed at UC Berkeley is the first to use MEMS switches. It has a very good shot at bringing down LiDAR navigation costs while increasing resolution and overall capabilities.
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Image - Low- and high-volume injection molding production
Low- and high-volume injection molding production
Scale your 3D-printed prototypes into high-volume production parts with Xometry's injection molding service featuring a wide variety of materials, colors, cosmetics, polishes, and surface textures. Low costs and fast lead times are offered for molded parts, and they are all backed by Xometry's Quality Service Guarantee. Insert and overmolding are available too. "7 Ways to Save on Injection Molding" design video featured on this linked page.
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Image - Top Product: Copper foam -- so many advantages
Top Product: Copper foam -- so many advantages
Copper foam from Goodfellow combines the outstanding thermal conductivity of copper with the structural benefits of a metal foam. These features are of particular interest to design engineers working in the fields of medical products and devices, defense systems and manned flight, power generation, and the manufacture of semiconductor devices. This product has a true skeletal structure with no voids, inclusions, or entrapments. A perennial favorite of Designfax readers.
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Image - Motors for the robotics industry
Motors for the robotics industry
Lin Engineering has been supporting the robotics industry for more than 30 years by designing and manufacturing a wide variety of motion control products that include hybrid step motors, PM steppers, linear actuators, BLDC motors, servo motors, frameless BLDC motors, and slotless BLDC motors. Applications include manufacturing robots, delta robots, collaborative robots, and more.
See all Lin Engineering has to offer.

Image - High-def SWIR camera for military apps
High-def SWIR camera for military apps
Attollo Engineering's new Phoenix HD5 SWIR Camera is an uncooled high-def imager that features the industry's smallest shortwave infrared HD sensor and an ultra-small 5-┬Ám pixel pitch, which permits more pixels on target with a short-focal-length optic. Specifically designed for low size, weight, and power (low-SWaP) applications, the HD5 SWIR camera is ideal for integration into small gimbals, small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS), and handheld and soldier-mounted systems.
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Image - Cool Tools: Entry-level high-tech portable 3D scanner
Cool Tools: Entry-level high-tech portable 3D scanner
The GOM Scan 1 from CAPTURE 3D is an affordable, precise 3D scanner with mesh-editing capabilities to accurately digitize physical objects into the 3D world. GOM Scan 1 provides accessibility to the leading GOM blue light 3D scanning technology used by top manufacturers worldwide. Applications include creating a digital file of an object for 3D printing, reverse engineering, manufacturing, quality control, virtual display and 3D modeling, research and education, art and design, and healthcare. GOM Scan 1 offers GOM Inspect 3D inspection software to quickly capture, visualize, and analyze 3D measurement data within the same workflow.
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Most popular last issue

Image - U.S. Air Force live tests Palletized Weapon System -- cruise missile fired from airborne parachuting platform
U.S. Air Force live tests Palletized Weapon System -- cruise missile fired from airborne parachuting platform
The U.S. Air Force has released details about its Rapid Dragon Program live-fire test last December, where a cruise missile armed with a live warhead was dropped from a cargo aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico and fired midair from a parachuting platform.
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Image - Mercedes aims for 620 miles on a charge with VISION EQXX all-electric sedan
Mercedes aims for 620 miles on a charge with VISION EQXX all-electric sedan
What does the future of all-electric luxury driving look like over at Mercedes-Benz? It's smaller, smarter, streamlined, and a long-distance runner -- and it's called the VISION EQXX. This real-world concept uses the latest technologies in batteries, materials, electronics, and Formula 1 to provide up to 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge. It uses a little solar power too.
Read the full article.

Image - Another success! NASA's Webb telescope reaches mirror alignment milestone
Another success! NASA's Webb telescope reaches mirror alignment milestone
NASA's $10 billion, 7-ton James Webb Space Telescope, the world's largest and most complex space science telescope, has reached another milestone by completing critical alignment of its 18 hexagonal beryllium mirror segments.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Affix a heat sink in seconds!
superGRIP is a two-component system from Advanced Thermal Solutions (ATS) that can be installed in seconds to mount heat sinks securely to a wide range of components -- without needing to drill holes in the PCB. It features an injection molded plastic frame clip and a stainless steel spring clip. This clever system provides a strong, even binding force with minimal space required around the component's perimeter, making it ideal for densely populated PCBs.
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