|March 15, 2022||Volume 18 Issue 11|
|Super Ion Air Knife|
Static electricity causes lots of problems including dust attraction, jamming, tearing, and painful shocks. EXAIR's Super Ion Air Knife cleans and neutralizes static up to 20' away! The laminar sheet of air sweeps surfaces clean of static, particulates, dust and dirt. Website offers detailed information, video.
|VW Bus is back: All-electric ID. Buzz will also come in cargo version|
Volkswagen has reinvented its iconic Bus design, and the new all-electric vehicle is called the ID. Buzz. It will be launched in Europe this year and come to America in 2024. ID. Buzz will be available in both passenger and cargo models. It boasts seating for up to seven (long-wheelbase model), a configurable interior, and a chance to feel groovy while living your best van life.
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|Medical Motors: More than 1500 autoclave cycles possible|
FAULHABER developed the new sterilizable 2057...BA family of motors especially for medical applications. In the sensor-free variant, the drives can withstand more than 1500 autoclave cycles. These Brushless DC Servomotors are optimized for high speeds up to 65,000 rpm, as are required in, e.g., the handpieces of dental equipment.
|Cost analysis: 3D printing vs. injection molding with part examples|
Although 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has emerged as an increasingly important manufacturing strategy, it cannot replace traditional manufacturing of parts through injection molding, or other mass manufacturing means. When does it make sense from a business perspective to use 3D printing to get the job done? Greg Paulsen from Xometry runs through some very useful examples, complete with analyses, to find out, including a drone leg, a potentiometer knob, and a junction housing.
Read this informative Xometry blog.
|How to specify pneumatic cylinders|
As the number of standard options available on the pneumatic-cylinder market grows, you may feel spoiled for choice due to the array of products that may fit within your specs. But how often is "good enough" actually good enough? How do you specify a pneumatic cylinder without resorting to a custom option? Learn this and more in Fabco-Air's new informative white paper (PDF).
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|New polymer bushing bearings|
New polymer bushing bearings from Thomson fill the need for designs in which traditional ball bushings are over-specified and/or lower-cost solutions are preferred. Polymer bushing bearings are ideal for machines in which moment load is non-critical or where contamination and temperature are concerns. These bearings are also useful for applications that require shafting that is incompatible with traditional ball bushings such as aluminum or 316 stainless steel.
|Higher-volume production for encapsulated electronics and automotive optics|
X2F, a developer of a transformative plastics processing technology, has added a rotary table that reduces cycle times and opens up higher-volume production for its controlled viscosity molding machine. The rotary table enables X2F to reach production volumes up to 4 million parts per year for manufacturing critical components in the electronics, automotive, industrial, and medical industries. "Our technology enables the manufacture of previously impossible-to-mold thermoplastic parts that provide step-change improvements in thermal conductivity, EMI shielding, and high-temperature capability in electronics," said Michael Slowik, CEO of X2F.
|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|Was America wrong about ethanol?|
Spurred by new research from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Engineering Explained's Jason Fenske gets in front of his favorite whiteboard to address a long-standing debate about using corn-based ethanol additives in gasoline. Does octane-boosting ethanol really help reduce fuel emissions in the long run? Is it our best choice for the environment? Whether you agree with him and the research or not, you can always learn something from a Fenske video.
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