|February 12, 2019||Volume 15 Issue 06|
|THK World-Class KR Actuators -- Rigid, Accurate and Compact|
The LM guide actuator model KR from THK provides high-rigidity, high-precision functionality and space saving. It is achieved by a nut block designed in a structure that integrates an LM rail having a highly rigid U-shaped cross-sectional form with the LM guide section.
The KR features a four-way equal load rating. The LM guide actuator can be operated in any position, which makes it ideal for loading in directions that are not fixed.
Click here to learn more.
|50 Years Ago: Apollo's Lunar Module bridged the technological leap to the Moon|
The lunar module (LM) is mostly remembered for its role between July 1969 and December 1972, when six of the spacecraft successfully landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon. It also served as a "lifeboat" when the Apollo 13 command/service module was disabled en route to the Moon in April 1970. But why did engineers choose a "Lunar Orbit Rendezvous" plan that included linking up with a "mother ship" in orbit rather than a single spacecraft? [Countdown Series: 50th anniversary of Apollo 11]
Read the full article.
|Download Photo Etching Precision Parts Guide|
This Tech-Etch guide describes how photo etching produces prototype quantities and large production runs of precision parts for many mechanical and electrical applications, without the high cost and long lead times of hard tooling. Custom metal parts from .0005" thick and up are produced with intricate patterns, precise tolerances and burr-free edges, in addition to exact repeatability. By combining photo etching for blanking with inexpensive or universal tooling for forming, Tech-Etch produces complex designs and shapes with complete in-house finishing.
Download the Parts Guide (no registration required).
|Fastest Camaro is made for the track|
The fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever -- the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE -- will offer a 10-speed automatic transmission beginning late February. During development, Chevy engineers pushed the limits of the automatic transmission to be more than one-half second faster than the standard manual on General Motors' 2.9-mile Milford Road Course.
Read the full article.
|Top Product: Alternative to traditional drive systems|
Nexen Group has introduced a stainless steel version of its patented precision roller pinion system (RPS). The Nexen RPS engages two teeth simultaneously to achieve superior accuracy with zero backlash at any length. The system is also extremely quiet and 99 percent efficient. Stainless steel makes the system corrosion resistant, with a long life of up to 36 million meters. Nexen's RPS provides a low-maintenance, durable alternative to rack and pinion, ball screw, and belt drive technology. The RPS is used for a wide range of applications including laser cutting, plasma cutting, and gantry applications.
|Engineer's Toolbox: |
Self-clinching fasteners design tips
Dozens of types and thousands of variations of self-clinching fasteners (steel, stainless steel, or aluminum) have been engineered over the years. Leon M. Attarian of PennEngineering provides three mini case studies where manufacturers benefited greatly by switching to self-clinching fasteners in their assemblies. This article is filled with insightful tips and suggestions.
Read the full article.
|Guide to overmolding best practices|
Overmolding is a great injection molded feature you can utilize in your design to capture color contrasts, add flexibility or eliminate assembly. Take advantage of this feature by learning how to design your part for overmolding.
Get the Xcentric overmolding guide (no registration required).
- How to set up your design for complex overmolding
- Material evaluation and best practices for proper adhesion
- Feature specifications to consider for good overmolds
|Stepper or servo motor -- Which should it be?|
Bring out the full capacity of your machines through the most efficient mechatronic design. Hurley Gill, Senior Applications/Systems at Kollmorgen, outlines servo and stepper motor baseline capabilities for selection criteria like torque, speed, accuracy, and repeatability. Technical advantages and disadvantages are discussed, helping machine designers select the best motor-drive system for their application.
Click here to read: Servo or Stepper: Which Should It Be?
Kollmorgen designs and manufactures innovative motion control systems, including servo and stepper motors, drives, amplifiers, gearheads, and actuators.
|SOLIDWORKS add-in for Xometry turbocharges part outsourcing|
The Xometry Add-In for SOLIDWORKS v4.0 is a powerful tool that integrates directly with Xometry's Instant Quoting Engine, allowing engineers to simultaneously design parts and weigh considerations of cost and lead time in a single CAD environment. Machine learning algorithms give you an instant price by analyzing the part's geometry and factor in manufacturing requirements such as the process, material, features, finish, and inspection type. Then, the add-in provides lead time, cost, and manufacturability (DFM) feedback in seconds. Includes CNC machining, 3D printing, sheet metal, urethane castings, and other manufacturing methods.
|Slip rings improve Ethernet transmission|
The Kuebler Group offers contact and contactless slip rings for reliable Ethernet transmission, achieving higher data rates and greater cycle synchronicity in demanding industrial environments. Application examples include industrial automation, bottling plants, labeling machines, rotary tables, and other processes requiring high transmission rates. The standard Slip Ring SR120 features an innovative three-chamber system and shield to enable parallel, interference-free Ethernet transmission up to 100 Mbps. It boasts a long service life up to 500 million revolutions and a rugged, modular structure that can be expanded up to 20 channels. Another model, the Slip Ring SR160 with integrated Sendix Encoder, provides position information in addition to contactless Ethernet transmission -- either two channels at 100 Mbps multiplexed or one channel at 1 Gbps.
|Caterpillar-branded Cat S48c rugged smartphone|
The Cat S48c ruggedized phone from the Caterpillar brand is designed with durability at its core. Its heavy-duty rugged credentials (IP68 water and dust proof, MIL SPEC 810G and Non-incendive Class I, Division 2) ensure it can withstand drops, dust, vibration, extreme temperatures, and some hazardous work environments. It can be submerged in up to 4 ft of water for 35 minutes, and its 13 MP camera can take underwater pictures whether on site, in the great outdoors, or on vacation. Its powerful 4,000-mAh battery provides up to 30 hours of talk time. Now available from Sprint and Verizon. Cat offers other phones with integrated thermal imaging and laser distance measuring built in.
|Most popular last issue|
|Harley goes electric with LiveWire motorcycle|
There's a new sound at Harley-Davidson, and it's not that deep rumbling roar you hear from their traditional two-wheelers. It's more of a high-pitched zip, and it comes from LiveWire, the company's first electric production motorcycle, which is now available for pre-order. LiveWire's instant torque rockets riders from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 sec, so that mosquito-on-steroids buzz sound is no indicator of the bike's real power.
Read the full article.
|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|How a Tesla Model 3 gets made -- in 49 sec|
Watch this time-lapse video to see Tesla's Model 3, which the company calls "the world's first mass-market electric vehicle," as it whizzes through the assembly line at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA. The Model 3 fits five adults. The high-efficiency powertrain provides 0 to 60 mph acceleration in as little as 3.5 sec, and the all-wheel drive has two independent motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels for better handling and traction control. Range is 220 miles.
View the video.