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June 21, 2022Volume 18 Issue 23


Image - New Twin Profile Rail Stage Actuator improves accuracy in XYZ motion system
New Twin Profile Rail Stage Actuator improves accuracy in XYZ motion system
Tolomatic's TRS Twin Profile Rail Stages with enclosed design are built from the ground up for accuracy and precision. The rigid design handles high moment loading while providing reliable, stable positioning along the length of travel. Available with ball screws or roller screws for various applications. They are stroke configurable and built-to-order, so designers get exactly what they need and can minimize final machine footprint.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Airbus RACER copter-plane prototype update
  • How CAN bus keeps you in touch with motion control
  • Researchers unveil a secret of stronger metals
  • Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition
  • FAULHABER AM3248: Exceptionally high speed, dynamics
  • Toolbox: 7 ways to improve sheet metal parts
  • Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
  • Slimmest enclosure air conditioner on the market!
  • New hybrid hexapod has nanometer-level precision
  • Radiation-hardened GaN transistor for space applications
  • Gearboxes for electric motors from Rexroth
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • What's a magnetic GHOST fastener?
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Swiss Air covers Boeing 777s with sharkskin film
    • Behind the scenes 'Top Gun: Maverick' Darkstar
    • Mercedes-AMG ONE: 1,063-hp F1 car for every day
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Airbus RACER compound helicopter

News

100,000 streaming movies per sec: Researchers demonstrate 40-channel optical communication link

New LEGO factory aims to employ more than 1,700 people in Virginia

Lead-foot police: Ford testing geofencing tech in Europe that automatically reduces vehicle speed

Cooling systems for laser weapons being tested by Air Force Research Lab and New Mexico State University



Image - 8 Methods to Speed Up Production
8 Methods to Speed Up Production
Hot and dirty processes can be a major issue for manufacturing companies. You may be looking to cool, clean, spray, blow off, eject parts, keep your production line running or a myriad of other problems. EXAIR offers products to solve those issues.
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Feature articles
Airbus RACER copter-plane prototype aims for end-of-year first flight
Airbus is making progress on final assembly of the high-speed RACER prototype rotorcraft, which features an innovative box-wing design, a combination of a traditional main rotor and lateral rotors, hybrid metallic-composite airframe, and an air speed of almost 250 mph.
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JW Winco pneumatic clamps have received a number of updates, including longer lifespan.


Image - How CAN bus architecture keeps you in touch with your motion control applications
How CAN bus architecture keeps you in touch with your motion control applications
Next-generation electric actuators that support CAN bus (control area network) communication are extending newfound intelligent controllability to linear motion applications, including those that previously used traditional electric actuators, hydraulic cylinders, or manual operations. The benefits have been realized in higher efficiency, lower lifecycle costs, and safer, cleaner operations. By Thomson Industries
Read the full article. Lots of good information here.

Image - Researchers unveil a secret of stronger metals
Researchers unveil a secret of stronger metals
Using a laser to launch metal particles at supersonic speeds at a surface, researchers at MIT have been able to study exactly what happens when tiny crystalline grains that make up a bulk metal form -- down to the nanometer scale. In the experiments they performed, their process could increase one metal's strength almost tenfold.
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Image - Over 26,000 Stock Metric Gears
Over 26,000 Stock Metric Gears
KHK USA Inc offers the largest selection of stock metric gears in North America -- with over 26,000 configurations. KHK USA offers Metric Spur Gears, Metric Helical Gears, Metric Internal Ring Gears, Metric Gear Racks, Metric Bevel Gears, Metric Worms and Wormwheels from stock! Free 3D CAD models, technical spec and 24/7 price and availability detailed online.
See what KHK USA has in stock for you today!

Image - Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition
Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition
Chevrolet is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its iconic Corvette with special edition cars. Corvette is the longest running nameplate of any car on the road today, and its 70th Anniversary Edition package includes special badging and features for 2023 Corvette Stingray 3LT and Z06 3LZ coupe and convertible models.
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Image - FAULHABER AM3248: Exceptionally high speed and dynamics
FAULHABER AM3248: Exceptionally high speed and dynamics
With a maximum of 10,000 rpm, FAULHABER stepper motor AM3248 achieves a speed five times higher than comparable stepper motors and, combined with a gearhead reduction of 100:1, it delivers a torque of 5 Nm -- all with a diameter of just 32 mm. The motor starts with a high speed from the very first step; thanks to its low inertia, it can be used in applications that require very fast acceleration and fast changes of direction.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: 7 ways to improve sheet metal parts
Engineer's Toolbox: 7 ways to improve sheet metal parts
When designing sheet metal components, there's a lot to consider: bends, reliefs, offsets, hems, holes, slots, tabs, and inserts -- not to mention material and finishing options. The engineers at Proto Labs take a quick look at the different ways to improve sheet metal part design while creating cost-efficient components. Learn some great tips.
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Image - Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
With Smalley's engineering tools, convert popular spring units such as force or retaining ring thrust capacities into metric units. Convert units such as mass and weight, angular measurements, velocities, temperatures, pressures, densities, and more! This is a very good resource to bookmark.
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Image - Slimmest enclosure air conditioner on the market!
Slimmest enclosure air conditioner on the market!
Seifert's SlimLine Series of enclosure air conditioners integrate unique technologies -- maximum power-to-size ratio, mounting of merely 4.5 inches inside-cabinet-depth -- making the SlimLine Series the slimmest air conditioner in the market. Cooling capacity: 1,090 to 5,120 Btu/hr.
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Image - New hybrid hexapod has nanometer-level precision
New hybrid hexapod has nanometer-level precision
The Hybrid Hexapod from ALIO Industries has revolutionized 6D motion and redefined the role of motion control in applications that need flatness and straightness of motion plus stiffness, such as machining and bonding. It uses a tripod parallel kinematics structure to deliver Z plane and tip/tilt motion, integrated with a monolithic serial kinematic structure for XY motion. A rotary stage integrated into the top of the tripod (or underneath it) provides 360-degree continuous yaw rotation. Applications include optical, semiconductor, manufacturing, metrology, laser processing, and micro-machining.
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Image - Radiation-hardened GaN transistor for space applications
Radiation-hardened GaN transistor for space applications
EPC has just introduced the EPC7018 radiation-hardened GaN FET. With higher breakdown strength, lower gate charge, lower switching losses, better thermal conductivity, and very low on-resistance, power devices based on GaN significantly outperform silicon-based devices. They enable higher switching frequencies resulting in higher power densities, higher efficiencies, and more compact and lighter-weight circuitry for critical spaceborne missions, including DC-DC power, motor drives, lidar, deep probes, and ion thrusters.
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Image - Gearboxes for electric motors from Rexroth: a driving force for electrification
Gearboxes for electric motors from Rexroth: a driving force for electrification
As part of its new, extensive eLION platform for the electrification of mobile working machines, Bosch Rexroth has developed spur gearboxes that vehicle manufacturers can use to unlock the full potential of new electric motors. The one- and two-speed gearboxes are installed in the central section of the vehicle and pool the energy in order to drive up to two axles with just one motor. The clever integration of essential components is evidence of the wealth of practical know-how that was drawn on throughout the development process.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Swiss Air Lines covering entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet with sharkskin film
Swiss Air Lines covering entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet with sharkskin film
Swiss International Air Lines is equipping its entire Boeing long-haul fleet with fuel-saving AeroSHARK exterior film. It's the first passenger airline worldwide to use the innovative surface technology developed by Lufthansa Technik and BASF.
Read the full article.

Image - Behind the scenes of 'Top Gun: Maverick' -- Darkstar aircraft
Behind the scenes of 'Top Gun: Maverick' -- Darkstar aircraft
Get some quick, behind-the-scenes insights into the development of the hypersonic Darkstar aircraft that plays its own starring role in "Top Gun: Maverick." The film's crew worked in secret with engineers at Lockheed's fabled Skunk Works to develop the hyper-cool concept that can outrun missiles but gets harder to handle the faster it goes.
View the video.

Image - Mercedes-AMG ONE: 1,063-hp F1 car for everyday driving
Mercedes-AMG ONE: 1,063-hp F1 car for everyday driving
For discriminating drivers who need a 1,063-hp Formula 1-derived, $2.7 million car to run errands, go to the track, and beyond, Mercedes-AMG is set to produce its ONE hypercar in a limited edition of 275 units. The all-wheel-drive two-seater's hybrid drive tech features a 1.6-L turbocharged gasoline V6 engine and four electric motors. It does a 0-to-60 time of under 2.9 sec.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
What's a magnetic GHOST fastener?
PEM® GHOSTâ„¢ Fastening Technology from PennEngineering uses a fully concealed pinch-lock mechanism to create a secure and sleek lock with zero visible evidence of disassembly once engaged. Using a magnetic release tool on the concealed fastener actuates the internal components, unlocking the pinch-lock grip and instantly releasing the pin from the fastener. From automotive interiors to access control systems, this clever fastening tech is adaptable to many applications.
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