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September 21, 2021Volume 17 Issue 35


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PolyDrill® Multi-Spindle Heads
Multiple drill heads are available for a variety of machine OEMs. Two-spindle up to 10-spindle units, with fixed or flex shaft power, adjustable or fixed hole pitches and compact designs allow adaptability for the machine builder, integrator or assembly line designer. Holes in most material from 0.06"-1".
Contact Lee Coleman at Suhner for all the details.
706-314-2927

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In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA tests megawatt machines for electric planes
  • Wilson's new 3D-printed pickleball paddles
  • Most powerful magnet advances fusion energy
  • Caltech professor helps solve Hindenburg disaster
  • New revolutionary Revolox™ self-locking ring
  • Cobots come to the rescue in labor shortage
  • Getting a grip on the future, with robotics
  • Actuator selection: External or internal servo motor?
  • Silicon carbide: Excellent for high-temp applications
  • Great Resources: Ultimate guide to fasteners
  • Good Reads: Every SpaceX Starship explosion and what was learned
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • How Nord-Lock washers work
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Scientists make matter and antimatter from light
    • Morphing Audi Skysphere has variable wheelbase
    • Hottest new baseball glove has 3D-printed inserts
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Caltech looks at solving Hindenburg disaster

News

Researchers closing in on solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windows

Ultrathin self-healing polymers create new, sustainable water-resistant coatings

Air Force granted patent for morphing, flapless control surfaces technology

Smalley wins GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for 9th consecutive year



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Cobots in Automotive?
While automotive was one of the first industries to automate its factories, today's OEMs and tier suppliers still have employees managing far too many manual tasks which can lead to bored workers, inconsistent product quality and workplace injuries. This webinar hosted by Universal Robots will help those seeking to learn how collaborative robots are being used in automotive, with specific examples of cobots taking over machine tending, screwdriving, welding, painting and quality inspection tasks.
Join the on-demand webinar now:

Feature articles

Image - NASA tests megawatt machines for electric planes
NASA tests megawatt machines for electric planes
A 1-MW electric motor that could help propel more environmentally friendly and economically sustainable aircraft was tested during April and May by NASA and its industry and academic partners. It can work either as an electric motor to turn propellers or large engine fans, or a generator to produce enough electricity to power 760 U.S. households.
Read the full article.

Image - Wilson's new 3D-printed pickleball paddles give players lots of options
Wilson's new 3D-printed pickleball paddles give players lots of options
Wilson Sporting Goods has partnered with 3D-printing company Azul 3D to create two new 3D-printed pickleball paddle designs that aim to change the way the popular sport is played: a quiet paddle and a fully customizable one. They represent a shift in paddle design and in how products can be completely re-thought through additive manufacturing.
Read the full article.

Image - Most powerful magnet advances fusion energy prospects
Most powerful magnet advances fusion energy prospects
A large high-temperature superconducting electromagnet at MIT was ramped up for the first time to a field strength of 20 tesla -- the most powerful magnetic field of its kind ever created on Earth. It could prove to be an important factor in the quest to build the world's first fusion power plant that can produce more power than it consumes.
Read the full article.

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Your Source for Metric Gears
KHK USA Inc offers the largest selection of stock metric gears in North America -- with over 30,000 configurations. KHK USA can supply your Metric Spur Gears, Helical Gears, Internal Ring Gears, Gear Racks, Bevel Gears, Worms and Wormwheels from stock in most cases. Free 3D CAD models and 24/7 quoting available.
See what KHK USA has in stock for you today!

Image - Caltech professor helps solve Hindenburg disaster
Caltech professor helps solve Hindenburg disaster
How could the Hindenburg zeppelin be completely devoured by flames in less than a minute in 1937? The popular PBS science TV show NOVA has taken a new look at the disaster. Its producers tapped Caltech's Konstantinos Giapis, professor of chemical engineering, to help recreate the ship's last moments and unravel its secrets.
Read the full article.

Image - New revolutionary Revolox™ self-locking ring for high RPM
New revolutionary Revolox™ self-locking ring for high RPM
The revolutionary Revolox Self-Locking Retaining Ring from Smalley. Secure and easy locking for your high-speed rotational needs. The "dimple and slot" design prevents ring expansion, safely securing your application at high RPM. This makes it possible to operate at higher speeds, withstand vibration, function under rapid acceleration, and absorb a degree of impact loading. The Revolox self-locking ring enables engineers to cost-effectively design for high RPM requirements and with ease of assembly for high-volume applications.
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Image - Xometry: Get CNC Machining Quotes Within Seconds
Xometry: Get CNC Machining Quotes Within Seconds
You won't believe how fast Xometry's Instant Quoting Engine gives you quotes on CNC machining. Just upload your part and get back pricing and lead time in just seconds. Instant pricing on 3D printing and sheet metal is also available, and parts ship free in the US. Xometry is AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certified.
Get your instant quote today.

Image - Cobots come to the rescue in packaging and supply chain industries struggling with labor shortage
Cobots come to the rescue in packaging and supply chain industries struggling with labor shortage
As labor issues persist, Universal Robots, the pioneering leader of collaborative robotics, will show PACK EXPO attendees automated solutions for hard-to-staff tasks such as box erecting and palletizing. Powering many of these applications is the company's most popular cobot, the UR10e, now able to lift 25% more.
Read the full article.

Image - Getting a grip on the future, with robotics
Getting a grip on the future, with robotics
Today, a world without robots is inconceivable. The areas of application that require process safety, reliability and economic efficiency from these robots are equally manifold. FAULHABER drive systems play a major role in fulfilling these requirements, and they continue to impress with their durability and performance in a robust and compact design. Whether a robotics application requires high dynamics or precise positioning, FAULHABER has a micro motion solution available -- from gripping without compressed air to robots used in inspection, delivery, and more.
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Image - Actuator selection: External motor or internal servo motor?
Actuator selection: External motor or internal servo motor?
There are key differences between traditional (external motor) and integrated (internal servo motor) actuators. Each technology offers performance advantages depending on the application type and requirements. Knowing how to compare the two will help engineers design machines that meet their requirements.
Full details in this Tolomatic white paper (no registration required).

Image - Silicon carbide machining from Insaco: Excellent alternative material for high-temp applications
Silicon carbide machining from Insaco: Excellent alternative material for high-temp applications
Silicon Carbide is industrially produced by sintering, reaction bonding, crystal growth, and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). It is among the hardest of ceramics, and retains hardness and strength at elevated temperatures, which translates into among the best wear resistance also. Different grades/forms of silicon carbide offer high thermal and some electrical conductivity well beyond other ceramic materials. Call Scott Mittl, Sales Engineer at Insaco, if you have specific questions (215) 536-3500.
Learn more about applications and material properties.

Image - Great Resources: Ultimate guide to fasteners
Great Resources: Ultimate guide to fasteners
With so many fasteners available, how do you know which ones to use? The online "Ultimate guide to fasteners" from Essentra Components can help you figure it out. From screw head types to material selection (plastic vs. metal), washers to rivets, and vibration resistance, bonding tapes, and more, this extensive primer is a great resource to bookmark. Essentra acquired Micro Plastics, a long-time favorite fasteners supplier of Designfax readers, in 2017, renaming the new company Essentra Components.
Read the comprehensive guide.

Image - Good Reads: Every SpaceX Starship explosion and what Elon Musk and team learned from them
Good Reads: Every SpaceX Starship explosion and what Elon Musk and team learned from them
The public has gotten to witness many fantastic SpaceX explosions, but were they all failures? Elizabeth Howell has written a very informative article about the development of the company's Starship prototype spacecraft created for travel to the Moon and Mars -- and what has been learned from so many tests that ended in spectacular fireballs.
Read the Space.com article.

Most popular last issue

Image - U.S. scientists make matter and antimatter from light
U.S. scientists make matter and antimatter from light
Scientists studying particle collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, a U.S. Department of Energy facility for nuclear physics research, have produced definitive evidence that pairs of electrons and positrons -- particles of matter and antimatter -- can be created directly by colliding very energetic photons. Einstein would be proud.
Read the full article.

Image - Morphing Audi Skysphere concept: Variable wheelbase for cruising or sporty drive
Morphing Audi Skysphere concept: Variable wheelbase for cruising or sporty drive
Easily one of the coolest concept cars this year, the all-electric two-door Audi Skysphere is a low prowling sportscar in Sports mode and raises up and lengthens by almost 10 in. when autonomous Grand Touring is selected -- and the steering wheel and pedals disappear too. If this is the future, it's full of surprising design tech.
Read the full article.

Image - Hottest new baseball glove has 3D-printed inserts
Hottest new baseball glove has 3D-printed inserts
Rawlings Sporting Goods has partnered with digital manufacturing company Fast Radius and 3D-printing company Carbon to manufacture one of baseball's hottest new equipment releases: the REV1X infield glove. This glove features innovative 3D-printed lattice inserts, developed with cloud manufacturing technology, for performance-enhancing capabilities.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
How Nord-Lock washers work
Can you get a design and functional edge with a wedge? In this animated video, Nord-Lock explains the principle behind their original wedge-locking technology, which secures bolted joints even when exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads. The company says it is impossible for this washer type to loosen unintentionally, due to the wedge created underneath the bolt head and nut.
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