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January 24, 2023Volume 19 Issue 03


Image - NEW! Semi-automatic pin installation technology from SPIROL
NEW! Semi-automatic pin installation technology from SPIROL
SPIROL's new video showcases their updated Model PR and Model CR Semi-Automatic Installation Machines for Pins, Alignment Dowels and Bushings. The video demonstrates how to operate the machine, details standard features, and optional quality and error-proofing enhancements. More than 80% of the components in all Installation Equipment are standard, pretested, production-proven, off-the-shelf parts. This translates into faster delivery, greater reliability and lowest cost for equipment of comparable quality!
Watch the video!
Check out SPIROL's Complete Line of Fastener Installation Equipment.
Learn about SPIROL Press-n-Lokā„¢ Pins for Plastic Enclosures.

In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA testing smart vortex generators for airplanes
  • Air Force Research Lab wins award for cold spray robot
  • Researchers create thermoformable ceramics by accident
  • New Corvette E-Ray with hybrid eAWD propulsion
  • Top Tech Tips: Innovative way to take up tolerances!
  • CNC: Reduce runout with ANCA's new complete tool runout compensation
  • Fluke 831 Laser Shaft Alignment Tool
  • New rotary microstage includes built-in controller
  • Flame-resistant composites for EV applications
  • New high-performance hollow shaft gear unit
  • Electrically insulative toughened epoxy meets NASA specs
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • 10 design tips for sheet metal bending
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Most Popular Items 2022: Part 1
    • Most Popular Items 2022: Part 2
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: New Corvette E-Ray with hybrid eAWD propulsion

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Feature articles

Image - NASA testing smart vortex generators made of shape-memory alloys for planes
NASA testing smart vortex generators made of shape-memory alloys for planes
NASA and The Boeing Co. have partnered to look at how shape-memory alloys can be used to automatically lower or raise an airplane's vortex generators, which are the small, flat pieces of metal most often seen protruding like fins from the surface of an airplane's wing.
Read the full article.

Image - Air Force Research Lab division wins award for cold spray robot
Air Force Research Lab division wins award for cold spray robot
A new system, used to apply thermal coatings to refurbish worn aerospace parts, requires a human user to look through an augmented reality-enabled Microsoft Hololens to direct a cold spray robot to where a coating should be applied to a workpiece.
Read the full article.

Image - Researchers create thermoformable ceramics -- an industry breakthrough -- by accident
Researchers create thermoformable ceramics -- an industry breakthrough -- by accident
Researchers at Northeastern University have discovered an all-ceramic material that can be compression molded into complex parts -- an industry first that could transform the design and construction of heat-emitting electronics, including cellphones and other radio components.
Read the full article.

Image - New Corvette E-Ray with hybrid eAWD propulsion
New Corvette E-Ray with hybrid eAWD propulsion
Hold on to your hat. They are really mixing things up at Chevrolet for the new year with the introduction of the first-ever Corvette E-Ray. The mid-engine hybrid uses an advanced electrified propulsion system in addition to its 6.2L LT2 Small Block V8, enabling all-season performance and a breakneck 0-to-60 time of 2.5 sec -- the quickest production Corvette ever.
Read the full article.

Image - Top Tech Tips: Innovative way to take up tolerances!
Top Tech Tips: Innovative way to take up tolerances!
Smalley Linear Springs are a continuous wave formed (marcelled) wire length produced from spring tempered materials. They act as a load-bearing device with approximately the same load/deflection characteristics as a wave spring. Linear Springs are now available as a standard part in carbon and stainless steel, with over 200 sizes.
Learn more.

Image - CNC: Reduce runout with ANCA's new complete tool runout compensation
CNC: Reduce runout with ANCA's new complete tool runout compensation
Manufacturing high-quality, high-performance tools requires the Total Indicator Runout (TIR) to be perfect or minimal for overall tool life and surface finish. Runout can cause shortened tool life and poor surface finish, and in drills and reamers can result in oversized holes. A new option in ANCA's ToolRoom cures runout woes and helps to increase tool life and productivity.
Read the full article.

Image - Fluke 831 Laser Shaft Alignment Tool
Fluke 831 Laser Shaft Alignment Tool
Misalignment causes at least half of all damage to rotating machinery, but instead of fixing the problem, teams often just treat the symptoms by replacing bearings, couplings, and seals. The new Fluke 831 Laser Shaft Alignment Tool makes shaft alignment easy with an intuitive guided user interface that enables quick and complete shaft alignment without advanced training or complicated programs.
Learn more.

Image - New rotary microstage includes built-in controller
New rotary microstage includes built-in controller
The new M3-RS-U2-4.5-360 Rotary Smart Stage from New Scale Technologies is a miniature positioning module that simplifies the task of embedding high-precision rotary motion into scientific and industrial instruments. The latest addition to the M3 Smart Stage family provides point-to-point angular positioning with closed-loop resolution better than 0.022 degrees. M3 Smart Stages integrate piezoelectric motors, position sensors, and built-in controllers in compact modules that accept direct digital input from a system processor.
Learn more.

Image - Flame-resistant composites for EV applications
Flame-resistant composites for EV applications
IDI Composites International has introduced a new thermoset composite material delivering critical performance benefits for electric vehicle (EV) applications, FLAMEVEX™ is a flame-resistant lightweight composite that has been used on battery packs, which have passed the stringent Chinese Standard GB/T 31467.3 test, commonly known as the China bonfire test. This material offers designers a strong, lightweight, and cost-effective alternative to steel and aluminum materials traditionally used to enclose battery packs in EV applications. Flame performance levels can be tailored.
Learn more.

Image - New high-performance hollow shaft gear unit for heavy-duty applications
New high-performance hollow shaft gear unit for heavy-duty applications
Harmonic Drive has released its HPF series of hollow shaft gear units designed for heavy-duty industrial applications. These advanced gear units offer high torque outputs and flexible installation options, and they provide exceptional torque density and positional accuracy. Industrial applications include robotics, packaging, and material handling.
Learn more and get all the specs.

Image - Electrically insulative toughened epoxy meets NASA low outgassing specifications
Electrically insulative toughened epoxy meets NASA low outgassing specifications
Master Bond Supreme 42HT-2ND Black is a two-part, non-drip epoxy system designed for bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It is capable of withstanding temps up to 450 F (232 C), meets NASA low outgassing standards, and is recommended for applications that require vacuum compatibility. This epoxy is electrically insulative and withstands rigorous thermal cycling. It offers a high strength profile and a forgiving mix ratio.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - Most Popular Items 2022: Part 1
Most Popular Items 2022: Part 1
New Army rifles, 2,000-hp Ford SuperVan, Air Force Palletized Weapon System, Porsche 911 Sport Classic 2023, Bugatti Mistral, Xerox aluminum 3D printer, latest Raspberry Pi, electro corrosion in e-motors, 3D-printable foam. Plus, the most popular products, applications, and tips.
Read the full issue.

Image - Most Popular Items 2022: Part 2
Most Popular Items 2022: Part 2
2024 Ford Mustang, lithium-sulfur EV battery, new B-21 Raider stealth bomber, all-electric 2024 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, sharkskin film on airplanes, revolution in metal stamping, world's fastest ball bearing for EV motors. Plus, the most popular products, applications, and tips.
Read the full issue.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
10 design tips for sheet metal bending from Xometry
Sheet metal bending is one of the most commonly used methods to form sheet metal fabricated parts. The costs and quality depend on various factors, including setup costs, material costs, and design complexity. To ensure a trouble-free bend and to avoid deformation, the experts at Xometry recommend following certain design tips for every type of sheet metal part feature.
View this informative Xometry video.

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