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November 29, 2022Volume 18 Issue 44


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WORLD-CLASS SINGLE AND MULTI-AXIS STAGES
BUILT IN THE USA from parts imported from Taiwan and elsewhere, HIWIN's single- or multi-axis motion systems using ballscrew-driven or linear motor stages combined with direct drive rotary tables are perfect for prototyping and small-run custom applications. Components, drives, controllers, brackets, and cable chains are included. Contact us to get started on your design.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • 60 years ago: Project Mercury microgravity experiment
  • New for high-tech adhesives: Activation on the flow
  • 'SuperGPS' aims for 10-cm accuracy in urban settings
  • All-new Pilot: Largest and most powerful Honda SUV ever
  • Artemis 1 moon rocket launch blew elevator doors off
  • How slip clutches can help maximize your designs
  • Linear robots are now even more versatile
  • Slimmest air conditioner on the market
  • Selecting linear actuators for robotics
  • New high-performance metals for 3D printing
  • Smallest Smart Motor Module for DC fan applications
  • COMSOL Multiphysics Version 6.1 is here!
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Add bushings, nuts, and rods to 3D-printing builds
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Bugatti Mistral: Last to run W16 engine
    • World's first high-res stretchable display
    • Weird science: World's smallest sundial
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: All-new 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport

News

Boeing demonstrates new autonomous anti-jamming capabilities for U.S. Space Force satellites

Researchers working out how to 3D print miniature permanent magnets

Solar roof panel adds more than 700 miles of range a year to Genesis Electrified G80 sedan

Weird science: Cancer center announces first patient has received potentially cancer-stopping pill



Image - Xometry: Where Big Ideas are Built
Xometry: Where Big Ideas are Built

From prototyping to production, Xometry's AI-driven platform and vast supplier network offer the capacity and flexibility for all of your manufacturing projects. Use the Xometry Instant Quoting Engine® to get pricing, lead times, and design-for-manufacturing feedback for 17+ manufacturing processes, including CNC machining, 3D printing, injection molding, sheet cutting, and more.

No 3D file? No problem. Just use a sample part to test drive the Xometry Instant Quoting Engine® to see how instant quoting works.


Feature articles
60 years ago: First microgravity experiment flown on Project Mercury investigates liquid propellant behavior

During the early years of the space program, the low-gravity environment of space posed a number of questions for engineers, including how liquid propellants would react. An experiment on Mercury-Atlas Aurora 7 in 1962 provided the nation's first long-duration study of fluid physics in a microgravity environment. By Robert S. Arrighi, NASA Glenn Research Center
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Learn more about Novotechnik's LWX position sensor for repetitive mechanical, vehicle, automation, and robotic applications. Its patented compensation system equalizes pressure across the shaft seal, eliminating the "pump effect" that can degrade the seal and reduce sensor lifetime.


Image - New process technology for high-tech adhesives: Activation on the flow
New process technology for high-tech adhesives: Activation on the flow
DELO has developed a totally new process technology combining adhesive dispensing and pre-activation for UV curing in a single process step. Called "activation on the flow," it provides users with new options for designing their products and processes.
Read the full article.

Image - 'SuperGPS' aims for 10-cm accuracy in urban settings
'SuperGPS' aims for 10-cm accuracy in urban settings
Researchers in the Netherlands have developed an alternative positioning system that is more robust and accurate than current satellite GPS, especially in urban settings. Their working prototype -- that does not use satellite GPS systems -- demonstrated an accuracy of 10 cm.
Read the full article.

Image - All-new Pilot: Largest and most powerful Honda SUV ever
All-new Pilot: Largest and most powerful Honda SUV ever
The all-new 2023 Honda Pilot is the ultimate practical family SUV with rugged new styling, more passenger and cargo space, and a class-leading combo of off-road capability and sporty on-road dynamics. It comes in five flavors and boasts Honda's most powerful V6 ever (285 hp), seating for eight, the most cargo room in the model's history, and loads of tech features and upscale touches.
Read the full article.

Image - Artemis 1 moon rocket blew launch pad elevator doors off
Artemis 1 moon rocket blew launch pad elevator doors off
Space.com has posted a really interesting video that details the damage the Artemis 1 moon mission's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its almost 9 million pounds of thrust caused to the NASA launch pad and surrounding facilities at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida when it launched Nov. 16. Watch NASA's Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager, detail what happened, including views of the doors blown off the elevators used for servicing the launch tower when the most powerful rocket in the world took off.
View the video.

Image - How slip clutches can help maximize your designs
How slip clutches can help maximize your designs
The way they see it over at Polyclutch, there aren't a whole lot of problems you can't solve with a slip clutch. Way beyond using them for overload protection, there are a surprising number of other applications for these versatile and valuable components. From increasing machine speeds and applying constant tension on wire to indexing a conveyor and automatic screw assembly, slip clutches just may provide the design leverage you've been seeking.
Read the full article.

Image - Linear robots are now even more versatile
Linear robots are now even more versatile
Bosch Rexroth has expanded its portfolio of linear robots (eight different axis combinations with 68 sizes!) for various applications in factory automation. The much wider range of working areas and loads makes the Cartesian subsystems also suitable for applications like battery handling or intralogistics. Predefined axis combinations make for quick and easy sizing and selection. Configure and finalize online and order as preassembled subsystems -- optionally with controllers. Each multi-axis system is also available as a Smart Function Kit for handling or dispensing. Preinstalled software allows for fast commissioning and intuitive programming.
Learn more about Bosch Rexroth smart mechatronic systems.

Image - Slimmest air conditioner on the market
Slimmest air conditioner on the market
Seifert's filterless SlimLine Series of enclosure air conditioners integrates unique technologies -- maximum power-to-size ratio, mounting of merely 4.5 in. inside-cabinet depth -- making these units the slimmest air conditioner on the market. Cooling capacity: 1,090 to 5,120 Btu/hr. The proprietary condenser design provides improved cooling performance and ensures reliability in demanding applications.
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Image - Selecting linear actuators for robotics
Selecting linear actuators for robotics
Nick Novotny over at Nook Industries has put together a handy and very useful short guide on selecting linear actuators for robotic applications. Besides addressing the primary considerations, he also explains motor types, linear actuator types, modularity, and advantages and disadvantages.
Read this informative Nook Industries blog.

Image - New high-performance metals for 3D printing
New high-performance metals for 3D printing
3D Systems has added two new materials to its materials portfolio. Certified HX is a high-performance nickel alloy that contains a higher percentage of molybdenum (up to 9.5%) vs. other nickel alloys, which enhances strength and resistance to corrosion, creep deformation, cracking, and oxidation in hot-zone environments. Certified CuCr2.4 is a high-strength, corrosion-resistant copper alloy that is significantly stronger than pure copper and easier to process. Both materials are certified for use with the company's DMP Flex 350 and DMP Factory 350 3D printers. Applications include industrial gas turbines, consumer goods, aerospace and defense, and automotive.
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Image - Smallest Smart Motor Module for DC fan applications
Smallest Smart Motor Module for DC fan applications
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited has introduced an extension to its compact Smart Motor Module (SMM) family. Available in an ultra-compact, thermally enhanced 3-mm x 3-mm QFN-18L package, the highly integrated AOZ9530QV SMM is a half-bridge power stage with a slew of features and protections that simplify motor drive designs. It is suitable for use in a large number of BLDC fan applications ranging from PC and server fans to seat cooling and home appliances.
Learn more.

Image - COMSOL Multiphysics Version 6.1 is here!
COMSOL Multiphysics Version 6.1 is here!
COMSOL has released the latest version of its modeling and simulation software. COMSOL Multiphysics version 6.1 is full of feature additions and workflow enhancements. "This version provides our users with powerful multiphysics simulation tools in areas of highly competitive R&D, like audio technology and vehicle electrification," says Bjorn Sjodin, VP of product management at COMSOL. "We have also strengthened the software's foundation with new capabilities for optimization and the modeling of turbulent flow and mechanical contact."
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Most popular last issue

Image - Bugatti Mistral: Last to run on the W16 combustion engine
Bugatti Mistral: Last to run on the W16 combustion engine
The 8.0-liter W16 engine has been propelling Bugatti's hyper sports cars for almost 20 years. It's the only 16-cylinder engine in the world to be used in a car, and now its days are officially numbered with the release of the Bugatti Mistral roadster, a 1,578-hp, 99-unit open-top that will be the last of its kind to feature the W16.
Read the full article.

Image - LG shows off world's first high-res stretchable display
LG shows off world's first high-res stretchable display
Is a roll-up TV or tablet with an exceptional picture a real possibility for the near future? Researchers at LG Display think so. They've created the world's first 12-in. high-res stretchable display that can be extended, folded, and twisted without distortion or damage.
Read the full article.

Image - Weird science: Father and son-in-law construct world's smallest sundial
Weird science: Father and son-in-law construct world's smallest sundial
A father and son-in-law, both scientists with knowledge and experience in astronomy, engaged in a dynamic conversation about sundial technology while on a family car trip in August 2021. After testing half a dozen prototypes, their invention was awarded a provisional patent nine months later and went on to win an international contest for the "world's smallest sundial."
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Add metal bushings, nuts, and rods to FDM 3D-printing plastic builds
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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