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August 09, 2022Volume 18 Issue 30


Image - HRG Miniature Roller Type LM Guide
HRG Miniature Roller Type LM Guide
The HRG from THK is an LM Guide that uses rollers for the rolling elements. As the smallest roller type guides, the HRG8, 10, and 12 achieve higher rigidity and a longer service life than other LM Guide models of similar size. It can handle loads applied from four directions. The HRG can be used in a variety of mounting orientations (wall-mounted, horizontal, inverted, and vertical), making it suitable for a wide range of applications.
Find out more from THK.

In this issue of Designfax

  • Radar gets a major digital makeover
  • Smart screws with remote, long-distance monitoring
  • Ford F-150 plastic turned into graphene for new cars
  • Cadillac Escalade-V: Most powerful V8 SUV with 682 hp
  • NSK's new Active Casters help robots move effortlessly
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Self-clinching fasteners tips
  • NexSafe for emergency stopping and holding
  • 5 new manufacturing options from Xometry
  • Micro-sized FlexPro servo drive
  • Linear positioning and motion systems at IMTS 2022
  • Electromagnetic interference O-rings case study
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • 6 advanced FDM metal 3D-printing tips
    • NASA's Curiosity rover turns 10: What it's learned
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Become a Hasbro action figure: Mass customization
    • 60 years ago: NASA lunar orbit rendezvous decision
    • All-electric Chevy Blazer EV: Style and power
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

News

Physicists see electron whirlpools for the first time

New copper coating could be the next superbug fighter

U.S. National Reconnaissance Office looks for more commercial services: radar, imagery, launch

Protonic resistor unleashes ultrafast switching speeds for AI



Feature articles

Image - Radar gets a major digital makeover
Radar gets a major digital makeover
Sandia is giving radar a major digital makeover. Researchers are working to replace legacy analog radars commonly used by the military with a new, digital, software-defined system. The overhauled design promises U.S. warfighters unprecedented flexibility and performance.
Read the full article.

Image - Smart screws with remote monitoring keep bridges, wind turbines, and machines safe
Smart screws with remote monitoring keep bridges, wind turbines, and machines safe
A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute has developed the Smart Screw Connection that combines self-powered, pressure-sensitive sensors and radio technology to remotely monitor the screw connections on critical infrastructures -- such as bridges, wind turbines, and machines of all sizes as well as in production facilities -- even over long distances.
Read the full article.

Image - Plastic from end-of-life Ford F-150 trucks turned into high-value graphene for new vehicles
Plastic from end-of-life Ford F-150 trucks turned into high-value graphene for new vehicles
Rice University chemists working with researchers at Ford are turning plastic parts from end-of-life vehicles into graphene via the university's flash Joule heating process. The graphene is used to make enhanced polyurethane foam for new vehicles. The graphene-infused foam is markedly stronger and better at noise absorption than standard materials.
Read the full article.

Image - Cadillac Escalade-V: Most powerful V8 SUV with 682 hp
Cadillac Escalade-V: Most powerful V8 SUV with 682 hp
If power, style, and a big presence dominate your wish list for premium wheels, then Cadillac's 2023 Escalade-V has all the bases covered. The first-ever Cadillac V-Series SUV boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 682 hp, and as a total package it's got class written all over it.
Read the full article.

Image - NSK's new Active Casters help robots move effortlessly
NSK's new Active Casters help robots move effortlessly
NSK has developed new Active Caster technology for service robots and mobility drive applications. The compact, electric-powered turning unit provides both drive and steering functions based on the difference in rotation between two motors. The developers say it generates less vibration compared to an omnidirectional mobility unit using Mecanum wheels.
Read this informative NSK article.

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Self-clinching fasteners design tips
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. Get a self-clinching fasteners design guide too.
Read the full article.

Image - NexSafe for emergency stopping and holding applications
NexSafe for emergency stopping and holding applications
NexSafe Functional Safety certified Rod Locks, Rail Brakes, and Servomotor Brakes from Nexen provide a verified, reliable solution that machine builders can depend on. With ISO 13849-1 Functional Safety Certification by Intertek, these brakes are capable of Categories B through 4 and Performance Levels PLa through PLe. With spring-engaged, air-released functionality, these products are default-to-lock and are ideal for emergency stopping and holding applications.
Learn more.

Image - 5 new manufacturing options from Xometry
5 new manufacturing options from Xometry
Get the parts you need made fast and at a great price. Xometry has added five new manufacturing options to their quoting engine: Die Casting, Metal Extrusion, Metal Stamping, Laser Tube Cutting, and Tube Bending. Experts will manually quote these options and work closely with you to ensure the best outcome and success. Get your quote today, and get started on your next metal production order.
Learn more.

Image - Micro-sized FlexPro servo drive
Micro-sized FlexPro servo drive
ADVANCED Motion Controls' new 60-A continuous FlexPro servo drive model FM060-60C-RM is the third "machine embedded" version in this power range, adding RS-485/232 communication to the previously released EtherCAT and CANopen versions. This drive can operate at its 60-A peak rating continuously with no need for current foldback -- impressive because the micro-package size means up to four units can fit within the footprint of a business card. Applications include cobots, AMRs, AGVs, portable devices, lab and warehouse automation, military equipment, and more.
Learn more.

Image - Linear positioning and motion systems at IMTS 2022
Linear positioning and motion systems at IMTS 2022
SCHNEEBERGER Linear Technology will spotlight its precision positioning and motion systems at IMTS 2022 in September. On display will be a fully functioning demo of a complete linear motion technology system featuring the company's leading and most innovative linear motion components. When linear tech components are designed to work together to create the most effective solution for machine movement, OEMs can accelerate design and manufacturing, reduce assembly time and labor, and achieve a lower TCO.
Learn more.

Image - Electromagnetic interference O-rings case study
Electromagnetic interference O-rings case study
Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) recently supplied hot vulcanized EMI (electromagnetic interference) O-rings to a company that needed to replace EMI gaskets that had failed EMC testing. EMI O-rings made of electrically conductive silicones combine reliable environmental sealing and broad temperature resistance with proven levels of shielding against EMI. Learn how hot vulcanizing with a conductive adhesive, the joining process that SSP uses, eliminates EMI leakage and a "hard spot" where ends are joined using a non-conductive adhesive.
Read this informative SSP case study.

Most popular last issue

Image - Become an action figure: New partnership between Hasbro and 3D-printing company Formlabs
Become an action figure: New partnership between Hasbro and 3D-printing company Formlabs
The Hasbro Selfie Series will use the power of Formlabs 3D printers to enable fans to create a collector-grade, 6-in. action figure in their likeness based on classic and current characters seen across popular films, television series, and comics.
Read the full article.

Image - 60 years ago: NASA decides on lunar orbit rendezvous for moon landing
60 years ago: NASA decides on lunar orbit rendezvous for moon landing
In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the national goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth before the end of the decade. Managers at NASA needed to select the technique to reach the Moon within the given timeframe. They considered three options, including a Lunar Orbit Rendezvous that posed the huge risk of stranding astronauts far from home with no possible rescue if it failed.
Read the full article.

Image - All-electric Chevy Blazer EV: Style and power
All-electric Chevy Blazer EV: Style and power
New from the ground up, the 2024 Blazer EV features athletic styling and performance cues inspired by the Camaro and Corvette. It will be offered in multiple distinct trims -- including a 557-hp SS version that will do 0 to 60 in under 4 sec -- with multiple range options up to 320 miles on a full charge.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
6 advanced FDM 3D-printing tips when adding metal parts to your build
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D-printing machines use thermoplastic resins and strong, tough materials for real applications. Learn from the experts at TriMech how to prepare for incorporating metal parts such as bushings, hex nuts, roller chain, and rods into FDM builds to create complicated parts that need to stand up to repeated use.
View the TriMech video.

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NASA's Curiosity rover turns 10: Here's what it's learned
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover set out to answer a big question when it landed on the Red Planet 10 years ago: Could Mars have supported ancient life? Scientists have discovered the answer is yes and have been working to learn more about the planet's past habitable environment.
View the NASA JPL video.

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