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October 04, 2022Volume 18 Issue 37


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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In this issue of Designfax

  • Ford operating 3D printers autonomously
  • 1945 XF-82 Twin Mustang returns to flight
  • Implantable shock absorber relieves knee pain
  • Aston Martin DBR22: Open-cockpit racing inspired
  • New gear solution for robotics
  • New polymers engineered for e-motor applications
  • New economical linear modules for lighter loads
  • Antivibration couplings optimize servos
  • Smart pneumatic indexing plungers
  • Heatsink solutions for electronic housings
  • Cool Tools: Bendable OLED gaming monitor
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Bipedal robot sets 100-m dash droid record
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Ferrari Purosangue: First Prancing Horse SUV
    • Air Force getting Next Gen Fixed Wing Helmet
    • Researchers 3D print strongest stainless steel
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Aston Martin DBR22 open-cockpit concept

News

Caltech says traditional computers can solve some quantum problems

Megaton-scale expandable CO2-removal facility planned for Wyoming

Airbus subsidiary will study composition of hydrogen engine contrails

MIT's MOXIE experiment is reliably producing oxygen on Mars



Feature articles

Image - Ford operating 3D printers autonomously
Ford operating 3D printers autonomously
Called "Javier" by Ford's additive manufacturing operators, an innovative robot on wheels from supplier KUKA is integral to an industry-first process: operating Carbon 3D printers with an autonomous mobile robot rather than a fixed, stationary unit.
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Image - 1945 XF-82 Twin Mustang returns to flight
1945 XF-82 Twin Mustang returns to flight
On Dec. 14, 1949, an XF-82 Twin Mustang aircraft (developed as a WWII bomber escort) skidded off the runway after completing a research flight for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Flight Propulsion Lab (today, NASA Glenn) in Cleveland, OH. The aircraft was scrapped. Learn about the XF-82's unique design and its eventual return to flight 70 years later.
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Image - Implantable shock absorber relieves knee pain
Implantable shock absorber relieves knee pain
A new knee implant developed at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center includes a novel mechanical design: a shock absorber that aims to relieve pain and improve function for people suffering from knee arthritis. Early trial data showed a significant reduction in pain and improvement in function for patients.
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Image - Aston Martin DBR22: Open cockpit, heritage-racing inspired
Aston Martin DBR22: Open cockpit, heritage-racing inspired
Do you like a super exclusive coupe and the feeling of wind in your hair, and face, and, well, everywhere? Aston Martin's new open-cockpit DBR22 concept will give you all that and more. The two-seater V12 is a reinterpretation of the company's curvy 1956 DBR1, which won Le Mans in 1959 driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori. It will be a very limited edition.
Read the full article.

Image - New gear solution for robotics
New gear solution for robotics
A company called Motus Labs says it has come up with a better high-torque, low-backlash robotic gear solution. Their Orbital Flex™ Design (OFD) uses mismatched outer and inner rings "to create a ratio that leads to inertia, torque, and speed advantages." The OFD bearing flexes on a compliance flexure. Learn all about the development of the patented OFD gear, its special compliance flexure, and the benefits of the design.
Read the full Motus Labs article.

Image - New polymers engineered for e-motor applications
New polymers engineered for e-motor applications
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has expanded the use of its Thermally Conductive, Electrically Insulating (TCEI) materials to produce walled slot liners for electric motor applications. The company's TCEI material grades demonstrate superior thermal conductivity and better electrical insulation when tested against other thermoplastic materials currently available.
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Image - New economical linear modules for lighter loads
New economical linear modules for lighter loads
Bosch Rexroth is now offering linear modules for small handling applications with its new SHB (belt-driven, load capacity up to 110 lb) and SHL (lead screw-driven, load capacity up to 6 lb) models. These modules are suitable for more than factory automation -- they are designed for lighter-load applications such as in medical labs, universities, and vision systems. Monitoring and control are easy to achieve with simple USB-to-laptop connectivity. Choose stroke length and whether I/O and E-stop ports are required.
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Image - Antivibration couplings optimize servo system performance
Antivibration couplings optimize servo system performance
SDP/SI stock Antivibration Flexible Couplings provide vibration damping while maintaining torsional rigidity, outperforming disk-type couplings in reducing stabilization time and increasing general productivity. Benefits include: high torque, high vibration damping, long life, cost effectiveness, and an auto-parameter optimization capability. New sizes added. Applications include medical, automation, robotics, and semiconductor.
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Image - Smart pneumatic indexing plungers
Smart pneumatic indexing plungers
JW Winco has expanded its range of indexing plungers while adding new technical functionality. The latest addition, type GN 817.7, is pneumatically actuated and can be integrated seamlessly into automated processes thanks to state-of-the-art sensors. GN 817.7 uses proven magnet technology with added innovation: Not only are both end positions now detectable, but they can also be individually defined. Great for hard-to-reach installations.
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Image - Heatsink solutions for electronic housings
Heatsink solutions for electronic housings
Phoenix Contact has increased the breadth and depth of its popular Industrial Case System (ICS) housing family to include both customizable passive heatsinks and heatsink fillers. New heatsink solutions allow design engineers to choose from a wide range of thermal management solutions to keep their components from overheating. To support the new heatsink solutions, a web-based, intuitive platform for thermal assessment has been incorporated into the Electronic Housing Online Configurator tool on Phoenix Contact's website.
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Image - Cool Tools: Bendable OLED gaming monitor
Cool Tools: Bendable OLED gaming monitor
Create the perfect immersive environment for your gaming experience with CORSAIR's new XENEON FLEX 45WQHD240 OLED Gaming Monitor. Users can manually adjust the curvature of this 45-in. 21:9 aspect-ratio panel to set a preferred curve for display -- from fully flat for strategy or productivity applications to an all-in 800R curve for simulations and FPS games, and anywhere in between. This combination of screen size and aspect ratio results in 20% more screen area than a 49-in. 32:9 ultrawide and 81% more screen area than a 34-in. 21:9 ultrawide.
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Most popular last issue

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.
Read the full article.

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 - 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.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Bipedal robot sets 100-m dash world record for droids
Cassie the robot, invented at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Engineering and produced by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics, has established a Guinness World Record for the fastest 100 meters by a bipedal robot. Cassie clocked the historic time of 24.73 sec at OSU's Whyte Track and Field Center, starting from a standing position and returning to that position after the sprint, with no falls. Cassie is also the first bipedal robot to use machine learning to control a running gait on outdoor terrain. An especially difficult challenge was to get the robot to start from a free-standing position, run, and then return to the free-standing position without falling, but the OSU team figured it out using targeted mechanical hardware design and advanced artificial intelligence for control.
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