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September 27, 2022Volume 18 Issue 36


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In this issue of Designfax

  • Air Force getting Next Gen Fixed Wing Helmet
  • OnRobot platform for rapid robotic deployments
  • Researchers 3D print one of strongest stainless steels
  • Ferrari Purosangue: First Prancing Horse SUV
  • How to implement redundancy in stepper motors
  • Engineer's Toolbox: How to select the proper pin
  • 3D-printing design for industrial engineers: No-cost course
  • High-inertia servomotors from Siemens
  • Slide switch family has gold plating option
  • Slimmest enclosure air conditioner on the market!
  • EdgeCool cools computer servers in the rack
  • LEGO Atari set: Recreate a classic
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • How a Polyclutch slip clutch works
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • 2024 Ford Mustang: Newly chiseled powerhouse
    • Highest-powered laser to date delivered to DoD
    • Weird Science: NIST researchers create 'Atomic TV'
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Ferrari Purosangue

News

Scientists capture first images of atoms 'swimming' in liquid

Weird science: Friction at highest speeds causes less damage

Boeing and Norwegian defense partner complete long-range ramjet artillery test for U.S. Army

Video game difficulty adjusted based on player emotions in new scientific model



Feature articles

Image - Air Force Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet competition won by LIFT Airborne Technologies
Air Force Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet competition won by LIFT Airborne Technologies
Hats off to LIFT Airborne Technologies. Their all-new flight helmet bested over 100 other designs to be selected as the final winner of the multi-year Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet Competition for United States Air Force fixed-wing aircrew. The chosen top design includes new features, state-of-the-art materials, and new manufacturing processes.
Read the full article.

Image - OnRobot launches D:PLOY software platform for rapid and complete robotic deployments
OnRobot launches D:PLOY software platform for rapid and complete robotic deployments
Attendees at the IMTS 2022 show in Chicago earlier this month got a sneak peek of OnRobot's latest product called D:PLOY -- the industry's first automated, application-centered software platform for robotic deployment. The new system boasts an 80% reduction in deployment time for jobs such as machine tending, with the entire application -- including any leading cobot or light industrial robot arm along with tooling, sensors, and other devices -- accessed and managed from D:PLOY's dashboard.
Read the full article.

Image - Researchers discover how to 3D print one of the strongest stainless steels
Researchers discover how to 3D print one of the strongest stainless steels
A team of researchers led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology has identified particular 17-4 steel compositions that, when 3D printed, match the properties of the conventionally manufactured versions. For the first time ever, 17-4 PH steel can be consistently 3D printed while retaining its favorable characteristics.
Read the full article.

Image - Ferrari Purosangue: First Prancing Horse crossover SUV
Ferrari Purosangue: First Prancing Horse crossover SUV
Ferrari's entry into the SUV market is the company's first four-door, four-seater -- and it is a stunner. From its mid-front-mounted V-12 engine producing 715 hp to its suicide rear doors and impeccably refined interior, there really is nothing like the Purosangue on the market. Even though the price tag could leave some dumbstruck, we predict it will be a huge success.
Read the full article.

Image - How to implement redundancy in stepper motors
How to implement redundancy in stepper motors
Some of the recent research activities in the area of electric motor drives for safety-critical applications (such as aerospace and nuclear power plants) are focused on looking at various fault-tolerant motor and drive topologies. After discussing different solutions, this article focuses on a miniature permanent magnet (PM) stepper motor design that provides increased redundancy.
Read this informative Faulhaber article.

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>How to select the proper pin for your application
Engineer's Toolbox:
How to select the proper pin for your application

Fasteners are some of the most important parts of an assembly. In this technical article, Jeff Greenwood from SPIROL focuses on how to select the proper pin for your application, including pins used as hinges, hub and shaft fixtures, alignment, movement stops, and joining. Press fit pins are discussed here, as they are the most common type of pins used in modern manufacturing. Lots of good info and examples in this one.
Read the full article.

Image - 3D-printing design for industrial engineers: No-cost course
3D-printing design for industrial engineers: No-cost course
What do you need to know as an industrial engineer to get started in 3D printing? Experts at Xometry, the world's largest digital manufacturing marketplace, have created an on-demand course so you can learn about the various 3D-printing processes, as well as design tips that you can implement when creating 3D models for use with additive manufacturing processes. "Principles of 3D Printing Design for Industrial Engineers" features videos, quizzes, and more to help guide you from your initial concept to a finished 3D-printed product.
Learn more.

Image - High-inertia servomotors from Siemens
High-inertia servomotors from Siemens
Siemens SIMOTICS S-1FK7 motors are permanent magnet excited synchronous motors available in Compact, High Dynamic, and now High Inertia (HI) versions. The higher rotor inertia of the self-cooled 1FK7-HI offering makes it suitable for high- and variable-load applications, including the feed and auxiliary axes on machine tools and the winders and unwinders on converting, packaging, and printing equipment. Features and options include stall torque in the 3- to 20-Nm range, rotatable connectors, IP64 or IP65 with IP67 protection, plain or keyed shaft, holding brake, 22-bit incremental or absolute encoders, and 18 colors.
Learn more.

Image - Slide switch family has gold plating option
Slide switch family has gold plating option
C&K has extended its slide switch product family to include new gold plating versions within the miniature AYZ Series, sub-miniature JS Series, and sub-miniature surface-mount PCM Series switches. Gold plating options decrease the potential risk of electrical short circuits due to the age of plating with dendrite growth caused by silver migration. In addition, the gold plating is ideal for low-level ratings or dry circuits.
Learn more.

Image - Slimmest enclosure air conditioner on the market!
Slimmest enclosure air conditioner on the market!
Seifert's SlimLine Series of enclosure air conditioners integrates unique technologies -- maximum power-to-size ratio, mounting of merely 4.5 in. inside-cabinet depth -- making this line the slimmest air conditioner in the market. It features Seifert's proprietary condenser design that provides improved cooling performance and ensures reliability in demanding applications. Cooling capacity: 1,090 to 5,120 Btu/hr.
Learn more.

Image - EdgeCool cools computer servers in the rack
EdgeCool cools computer servers in the rack
The new EdgeCool system for rack-mounted computer servers revolutionizes IT cooling by transforming server racks into their own portable, energy-saving server rooms. The patented split system from DENSO Products and Services Americas is made up of a condenser and an evaporator that fit easily into almost any open or sealed server rack. The self-contained equipment eliminates the need for more floor space, a dedicated server room, or disruptive and costly building modifications.
Learn more.

Image - LEGO Atari set: Recreate a classic
LEGO Atari set: Recreate a classic
Take a trip back in time with LEGO's new 2,532-piece Atari 2600 set, a recreation of one of the most famous video game consoles of all time. The iconic Atari VCS/2600 was an instant hit when introduced in 1977, and the new LEGO set is based on the four-switch revision that debuted in 1980. The release of the new LEGO set, which includes a pop-up game-room scene, also celebrates Atari's 50th anniversary. A great companion to the LEGO Nintendo set from 2020.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - 2024 Ford Mustang: Newly chiseled powerhouse
2024 Ford Mustang: Newly chiseled powerhouse
The all-new, 7th-generation, 2024 Ford Mustang lineup includes some nip-and-tuck design changes, the most powerful 5-liter V8 ever, and the most technologically advanced, driver-centric cockpit of any Mustang to date. Besides the standard, GT, and convertible, there's a very cool and mysterious Dark Horse variant too.
Read the full article.

Image - Highest-powered laser to date delivered to DoD
Highest-powered laser to date delivered to DoD
Lockheed Martin has delivered to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering a new benchmark: a tactically relevant electric 300-kW-class laser, the most powerful laser that Lockheed Martin has produced to date.
Read the full article.

Image - Weird Science: NIST researchers create 'Atomic TV'
Weird Science: NIST researchers create 'Atomic TV'
Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology have adapted their atom-based radio receiver to detect and display live color television and video games. Atom-based communications systems are of practical interest because they could be physically smaller and more tolerant of noisy environments than conventional electronics.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
How a Polyclutch slip clutch works
Dynatect's Polyclutch slip clutches have a long operating life of over 20 million cycles and smooth, reliable breakaway. This video shows how a Polyclutch mechanical slip clutch works -- and what's inside. Slip clutches can be used for increasing machine speeds; applying constant tension on paper, film, wire, threads, etc.; indexing a conveyor, table, or any mechanism; holding in position a lid, cover, screen, door, window, etc.; controlling torque for bottle capping, automatic screw assembly, and closing valves; soft starts; cushioned stops; and many other applications.
View the video.

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