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April 10, 2012Volume 08 Issue 14

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New Full Line Catalog -- Full of New Fasteners
Micro Plastics introduces its new catalog #39. With 290 pages of nylon fastener items, 12 new product lines, and over 500 new items added. Contents include: standard and metric machine screws, cap screws, nuts, washers, spacers, insulators, grommets, bushings, rivets, hole plugs, clamps, printed circuit board accessories, suspended ceiling hooks, and wire routing kits. FREE samples are available upon request.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Printed electronics: Ready for prime time
  • 3D foot scanner uses tiny cameras
  • Self-repairing plastics fix themselves repeatedly
  • Wheels: Kenworth simultaneous design/manufacturing
  • Mike Likes: 3M Scotch-Weld Structural Adhesives
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Movable pool bottom safety system
  • Quick Look: Next-gen LED machine lighting
  • Quick Look: High-speed casters
  • Quick Look: Cartesian robot platform
  • Quick Look: MotorSolve v3.0
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Impressive: Sand Flea robot jumps 30 ft up
    • How Deepsea Challenger submarine works
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wheels: Formula One design using CADdoctor
    • World first: 3D printing + printed electronics
    • Bosch gas tech on Ward's Best Engines 2012
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Software
    Cover Image: Kenworth beefs up simultaneous design and manufacturing


Artificial synapses could lead to advanced computer memory and machines that mimic biological brains

Johnson Controls brings high-end mattress comfort to lightweight auto seats

No bumps in the road for DARPA's robotic suspension system

Autodesk unveils new design suites and cloud services for manufacturers

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4 Reasons To Replace PTFE-lined Bushings
High-performance plastic bushings are often confused with PTFE-lined, metal-backed bushings, which are an older technology. During the last two decades there has been a revolution in the advancement and use of highly engineered plastics in bushing applications. Plastic bushings are now designed to handle high speeds, loads, temperatures, caustic chemicals and a wide array of other application factors.
Click here to read the technical article from igus® that provides the top four reasons for replacing PTFE-lined bushings with plastic bushings.

Feature articles
Printed electronics technology:
Operational and ready for prime time

While printed electronics technology has been in the development and testing stages for several years, it has finally reached the point of operational readiness. The process can incorporate one or more thin-profile electronic elements, such as programmable chips (ICs), sensors, antennas, RFID tags, LEDs, electro-conductive and color-changing electro-chromic inks, powered and activated by thin, flexible, eco-friendly carbon-zinc batteries, which are also printable in mass quantities in a roll-to-roll process.
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Tiny cameras make 3D foot scanner a custom fit for shoemakers
A shoe company called corpus.e has developed an affordable and portable 3D foot scanner and "MagicalSkin special stocking" that should make custom shoes a lot easier and cheaper to manufacture. The system uses a USB 2.0 industrial camera from IDS instead of expensive stereo cameras.
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Self-repairing plastics fix themselves repeatedly
A new genre of plastics that mimic the human skin's ability to heal scratches and cuts offers the promise of endowing cell phones, laptops, cars, and other products with self-repairing surfaces.
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Kenworth beefs up simultaneous design and manufacturing

When engineers at big-truck maker Kenworth were first tinkering with the idea of how to produce their latest and greatest Class 8 truck, they started with a list a wish list, that is and a determination to break down the wall between design and manufacturing. The subsequent development of the Kenworth T680 represents a leap forward in building world-class, quality trucks.
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Mike Likes:
Replace mechanical fasteners with adhesives

3M has a new solution for large-structure bonding: 3M Scotch-Weld LSB Structural Adhesives. These high-performing adhesives are available as toughened or flexible two-part epoxy formulas that allow manufacturers to replace mechanical fasteners such as welds, rivets, and screws. With a hold that resists vibration and impact, manufacturers can use thinner panels with no holes to drill. Three formulas available.
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Engineer's Toolbox:
Movable pool bottom relies on hydraulic rod locks

AMLOK Hydraulic Series RCH Rod Locks from AME provide power-off clamping of rods and shafts in a unique application where a pool floor is raised and lowered by a system of synchronized multiple hydraulic cylinders.
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Image - Quick Look: <br>Next-gen LED machine lighting in six colors
Quick Look:
Next-gen LED machine lighting in six colors

When you want bright, energy-efficient, and long-lasting LED machine lighting, IDEC LF1B-N LED light strips outshine the competition. Offered in six different lengths ranging from 5.27 to 42.5 in., these slim, maintenance-free light strips have a lifespan that is over four times longer than fluorescent lights.
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Image - Quick Look: <br>High-speed casters for industrial applications
Quick Look:
High-speed casters for industrial applications

The 55 & 57 Series of kingpin-less casters from Caster Concepts can handle loads up to 1,200 lb by distributing downward pressure over a larger area. The swivel bearing holds the yoke and the plate together without chatter at all speeds using 25% less force. These maintenance-free casters feature sealed bearings with hardened raceways and neoprene seals. Available in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-in. diameters.
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Image - Quick Look: <br>Multi-axes Cartesian robotic automation platform
Quick Look:
Multi-axes Cartesian robotic automation platform

IntelLiDrives' Cartesian Multi-Axes Robotic Automation Platforms are built with BSMA Series motorized ball screw linear actuators and are ideal for many automation applications, including pick and place, assembly, test and inspection, and dispensing stations. Standard configurations include left- or right-handed XY, XYZ, and XZ systems. Stages can be side or base mounted with elevation raisers and base platform. Working XY area is 400 x 400 mm. Z-axis stroke is 100 mm.
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Quick Look:
MotorSolve v3.0 with Thermal Analysis Module

The MotorSolve Thermal module is included with Infolytica's MotorSolve v3, giving motor designers a complete software tool to thoroughly evaluate the impact of temperature and different cooling methods on the performance of brushless, PMAC, and induction machines. MotorSolve Thermal is a 3D, automated-FEA analysis module that enhances the accuracy of MotorSolve's existing electromagnetic result computations by accounting for heating and cooling on performance as well as offering new temperature-related outputs.
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Most popular last issue
Wheels: Running Formula One means running by the numbers
Lotus F1 Team designers rely on Elysium CADdoctor for data transfer, software interoperability, reverse engineering, and, of course, speed. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Lotus design process.
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World first: 3D printing merges with printed electronics
What goes together better than peanut butter and jelly? Well if you are a design engineer hungry for the future of additive manufacturing, mixing 3D printed materials and printed electronics just might come close.
Read the full article.
Bosch's gasoline system technology featured on nine of Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2012
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Impressive: Sand Flea robot jumps 30 ft up
The Sand Flea is an unassuming, 11-lb rolling-platform robot with one exceptionally useful trick: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 ft into the air. This creation from Big Dog robot maker Boston Dynamics features an onboard stabilization system that keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Development of Sand Flea is funded by the US Army's Rapid Equipping Force. Gotta love the super-tough-plastic construction. It gets a workout.
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How James Cameron's Deepsea Challenger submarine works
Now that the Titanic and Avatar director has made his 7-mile-deep dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, you may be wondering how the one-man submarine he captained works. Well the BBC's Rebecca Morelle and Simon Hancock interviewed project manager David Wotherspoon to find out.
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