|March 03, 2020||Volume 16 Issue 09|
|Custom Wave Springs from Smalley|
Smalley can manufacture custom Wave Springs quickly and economically to meet your specific application requirements. Because force and deflection requirements are application-specific, custom springs are often needed. With Smalley's No-Tooling-Cost™ manufacturing process, customs can be produced from .157" to 120" diameters in carbon steel, stainless steel, or other readily available exotic alloys. Prototypes can be available in as little as two weeks for testing. Free samples are available of standard parts for testing.
In this issue of Designfax
Even tinier transistors could be made using DNA-like rare earth element
Ames Lab's testing device speeds the way to new refrigeration technology
Boeing crew shuts off and restarts T-7A Red Hawk military jet in flight to demonstrate reliability
NASA Armstrong remembers pilots who lost their lives
|Highest Speeds or Highest Torque?|
Discover the new FAULHABER 1660 BHx series: a high-power, slot-less brushless DC motor based on 2-pole technology that's setting new standards for performance, speed, and power. 16mm in diameter and 60mm in length, the 1660 BHx motor is ideal for handheld tools and devices requiring impressive power and high efficiency. Offered in two motor design options, optimized for high speed (BHS-version) or high torque (BHT-version) performance.
|Compression Springs for Demanding Applications|
Compression springs are the most common spring configuration that product manufacturers turn to when enhanced product functionality is desired. Used in automotive, aerospace, general industrial, medical and technology products, this spring type is used to resist applied compression forces or to store energy in the push mode.
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|Room to roam: All-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban|
Legroom on planes might be getting limited, but on land the all-new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Surburban offer the most interior space of any SUV -- and even more room than previous models. Couple that with exclusive technologies and some of the best driving dynamics in the full-size segment, and you've got yourself a pretty sweet people- and cargo-hauler with room to grow.
Read the full article.
|10 tips for specifying electric linear actuators|
Electric rod-style actuators offer enhanced performance, control and efficiency over their fluid power (pneumatic and hydraulic) counterparts. However, because of the higher initial cost of electric actuators and their unique characteristics vs. a fluid power cylinder, it is important to fully understand the application requirements. Learn how to analyze loads, forces, application footprint, environment and more.
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|Drill, grind, polish, and cut with these heavy-duty robot tools|
New end-of-arm tooling solutions from SUHNER's ROBO Tools line can help you handle those heavy-duty tasks. Ever since it was founded, SUHNER has been working on low-cost automation and is regarded today as a go-to expert in machining units for drilling, milling, and thread-cutting operations. Their automation products come with built-in flexibility, because they can be put together in a modular system that can be tailor-made for your project.
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|New electronic coil AC/DC contactors from NOARK Electric (best kept secret in the industry)|
The new Ex9C F-type IEC contactors from NOARK Electric provide increased protection and stable performance on any AC or DC system. Featuring an electronic coil, the Ex9C F-Type Contactor compensates for changes in voltage fluctuations, which eliminates noisy, contact-damaging chatter conditions. With a more efficient design, this contactor offers valuable integral surge protection and less energy is required to operate the coil, which translates to lower operational costs. Three frame sizes with rated current up to 100 A. Coil control voltage 24~60 VAC/DC, 48~130 VAC/DC and 100~250 VAC/DC.
Find your circuit breaker solution at NOARK.
|21 metals, ceramics, and composites for 3D printing|
The ExOne Co. has just announced that 15 new metal, ceramic, and composite materials have been qualified by the company and its customers for 3D printing on ExOne's family of high-speed metal 3D printers. With these additions, owners of ExOne metal 3D printers can now print 21 qualified materials: 10 single-alloy metals, six ceramics, and five composite materials. More than 24 additional powders have been qualified for 3D printing in controlled R&D environments, including aluminum and Inconel 718. Newly qualified materials include M2 Tool Steel, widely used for cutting tools, and silicon carbide, a customer-qualified ceramic that is often used in aerospace.
|Cable management kit pairs with any cobot arm|
igus, a global manufacturer of engineered plastic components, has released a new collaborative robot cable management kit with universally designed hook-and-loop mounting brackets and more than 100 links of the company's innovative triflex R cable carrier. This solution offers superior cable protection compared to corrugated tubes. triflex R is a multi-axis energy chain designed for use in a wide variety of robotic applications. It's designed with ball-and-socket links that enable individual pieces of the system to be replaced if one of them is damaged.
|Hot Wheels introduces radio-control Tesla Cybertruck|
Pre-orders were filled up in a day, but Hot Wheels says there is still a chance to get on the waitlist for its pricey 1:10-scale Tesla Cybertruck R/C vehicle. The limited-edition, hobby-grade Cybertruck has both Chill and Sport speed modes, and it can travel over 25 mph in all-wheel drive. It even includes a reusable cracked window sticker -- a fun nod to Elon Musk's unplanned glass smash at the Cybertruck's reveal last November. A tiny 3-in. 1:64 Cybertruck R/C is also available for pre-order.
|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|NASA all-electric plane undergoes structural ground tests|
NASA is making progress on the road to first flight for the agency's first all-electric X-plane (and first piloted X-plane in two decades), the X-57 Maxwell. Currently in its first configuration as an all-electric aircraft (called Mod II), X-57 underwent a series of structural ground tests, giving engineers at NASA a look at the vehicle's predicted characteristics during flight. These tests, which included ground vibration testing and cruise motor controller vibration testing, marked important tasks to check off as NASA moves X-57 closer to taxi tests.
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|Cobot welding system is portable, easy, safe|
The Vectis Cobot Welding Tool from Vectis Automation helps manufacturers boost productivity by reducing the learning curve, deployment time, risk, and cost of robotic welding. Powered by Universal Robots' UR10e collaborative robot, the Vectis Cobot Welding Tool is a portable, safe, versatile, and extremely easy-to-use solution that is even available as a low-risk, no-capital, rent-to-own option. Typical setup can be done entirely by the customer within a few hours of system arrival, and welding can begin within 10 minutes of setup -- with no programming experience necessary. The Vectis system comes with all hardware provided fully integrated onto a 3-ft x 6-ft mobile modular fixturing cart.
See it in action.