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June 18, 2024Volume 20 Issue 23


Image - What is the C-Flex Pivot Bearing?
What is the C-Flex Pivot Bearing?
It's a flexure-based bearing utilizing internal flat crossed springs, capsuled in a cylindrical housing, to provide precise rotation with low hysteresis and no frictional losses. The C-Flex bearing will offer infinite life when used within its rated load and rotation values. Applications include Medical, Industrial, Aerospace, Semiconductor, and Optical.

Advantages include: Frictionless, Backlash-free, Self-centering, Simple installation, Low hysteresis, Vacuum applications, Stock items, No lubrication, No maintenance, and Infinite life.
Learn more from C-Flex, The Leader in Flexing Metal Technology.
View the C-Flex Pivot Bearing training page.


In this issue of Designfax

  • Largest airplane in history will be 356 ft long
  • Raspberry Pi launches $70 AI Kit
  • Superman-inspired cellphone imaging sees inside boxes
  • 911 Carrera GTS: First Porsche with hybrid powertrain
  • High RPM? Try Smalley's Revolox® Self-Locking Rings
  • Engineer's Toolbox: 5 considerations when selecting PSA tape for any substrate
  • Top Product: E-Z LOK threaded inserts for metal
  • Build-to-order knobs and hand hardware
  • 3D model sharing at Brother Industries cuts rework
  • Slewing ring bearing made of wood and plastic
  • XYZ nanopositioning stage for photonics, microscopy
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Novel IC engine features rotating piston
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wagoneer S: Jeep's first all-electric SUV
    • World record: Largest polymer 3D printer
    • Air Force modifies heavy lift airbags
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2025 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid

News

Photonic chip integrates sensing and computing for incredibly fast machine vision

High-efficiency colored solar panels for buildings may make deployment more attractive

NASA's Psyche spacecraft fires up its sci-fi-worthy special new thrusters

Could new technique for 'curving' light be the secret to improved wireless comms?



Image - Over 26,000 Stock Metric Gears
Over 26,000 Stock Metric Gears
KHK USA Inc offers the largest selection of stock metric gears in North America -- with over 26,000 configurations. KHK USA offers Metric Spur Gears, Metric Helical Gears, Metric Internal Ring Gears, Metric Gear Racks, Metric Bevel Gears, Metric Worms and Wormwheels from stock! Free 3D CAD models, technical specs and 24/7 price and availability detailed online.
See what KHK USA has in stock for you today!

Feature articles
Largest airplane in history will be 356 ft long and carry wind turbine blades

A Colorado startup aims to build the biggest plane in history -- longer than a football field with a payload volume 12x a Boeing 747-400F -- to fly large turbine blades and other components directly to wind farm sites.
Read the full article.
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JW Winco developed special Hygienic Standard Parts that meet the high requirements of sanitary standards. Sanitary components are used in packaging, medical, and food industries and have antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal surfaces.


Image - Raspberry Pi launches $70 AI Kit
Raspberry Pi launches $70 AI Kit
Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage, and the makers of Raspberry Pi have created a way for enthusiasts of the single-board computer systems to take part and do a lot of experimenting along the way.
Read the full article.

Image - Superman-inspired cellphone imaging can see inside boxes
Superman-inspired cellphone imaging can see inside boxes
Researchers in Texas have developed an imager chip inspired by Superman's X-ray vision that could be used in mobile devices to see objects inside packages or behind walls. Is this a good or a bad thing?
Read the full article.

Image - 911 Carrera GTS: First Porsche with hybrid powertrain
911 Carrera GTS: First Porsche with hybrid powertrain
Porsche's new 911 lineup for 2025 includes the Carrera GTS, which is the first production model from the brand ever to come with a hybrid powertrain. The racing-inspired T-Hybrid sports a newly developed 3.6-L six-cylinder boxer engine, electrically driven turbocharger, and in-transmission electric motor to outperform its model predecessor.
Read the full article.

Image - High RPM? Try Smalley's Revolox<sup>®</sup> Self-Locking Rings
High RPM? Try Smalley's Revolox® Self-Locking Rings
Smalley's Revolox® self-locking retaining rings are built for applications with high rotational requirements. They feature a dome and slot design to prevent ring expansion. They're lightweight, sturdy, and easy to install/remove -- making them ideal for high production volumes! Try the Smalley Advantage today and get started with free product samples.
Learn more.

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: 5 considerations when selecting PSA tape for any substrate
Engineer's Toolbox: 5 considerations when selecting PSA tape for any substrate
To choose a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape for an application, it is critical to understand the materials that will be bonded together and the application-specific environment. Answer these five important tape selection questions from Engineered Materials to maximize your success. Lots of good info here.
Read the full article.

Image - Top Product: E-Z LOK threaded inserts and kits for metal
Top Product: E-Z LOK threaded inserts and kits for metal
E-Z LOK™ inserts are ideal for repairing or reinforcing threaded holes in soft metals such as aluminum, magnesium, and cast iron. They will not back out or vibrate loose. Their pre-applied, microencapsulated adhesive begins to set immediately upon installation. Despite their firm hold while in use, these threaded inserts can also be removed with heat or a tool.
Learn more
or contact Kyle Lindsly-Roach for free samples at 310.323.5613 x221.

Image - Build-to-order knobs and hand hardware
Build-to-order knobs and hand hardware
Rogan Corp.'s innovative use of two-shot plastic injection and insert molding has been providing customers with high-quality plastic clamping knobs, levers, and control knobs for almost 90 years. Rogan offers concurrent engineering, product design, and assistance in material selection to ensure customer satisfaction for standard or customized parts, with a focus on cost optimization and on-time delivery. Custom colors, markings, decorative inlays, or engineered materials to meet special requirements, such as adding extra strength or utilizing flame-retardant material, are all offered.
Learn more.

Image - 3D model sharing at Brother Industries cuts rework
3D model sharing at Brother Industries cuts rework
When Brother Industries, maker of printers, computers, and computer-related electronics, deployed Lattice Technology's XVL Player as a viewer for sharing 3D models throughout the processes of product design, parts design, mold design, mold production, and QA of molded parts, they reduced rework significantly -- especially from downstream departments. XVL Studio with its Difference Check Option helped address the rework in mold design, for example, by always keeping everyone informed of design changes.
Read this real-world case study.

Image - Slewing ring bearing made of wood and plastic
Slewing ring bearing made of wood and plastic
The PRT-02-30-WPC slewing ring bearing is another step forward by igus toward integrating renewable raw materials into industrial production. Made of 50% wood and 50% high-performance plastics, the cost-effective and lubrication-free slewing ring bearing balances strength and durability with a proven low CO2 footprint. The materials incorporate solid lubricants, making the new slewing ring bearing smooth running and maintenance-free.
Learn more.

Image - XYZ nanopositioning stage for scanning and positioning in photonics and microscopy
XYZ nanopositioning stage for scanning and positioning in photonics and microscopy
PI's P-616 XYZ Piezo Nanopositioning Stage, based on a parallel-kinematic design, features a single, lightweight moving platform for all three axes. It offers high precision (sub-nanometer resolution) and dynamics in a compact package. Known as the NanoCube®, it is the smallest and lightest system with capacitive feedback, providing a 100-┬Ám linear travel range in three degrees of freedom.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - Wagoneer S: Jeep's first all-electric SUV
Wagoneer S: Jeep's first all-electric SUV
Jeep's first fully electric SUV, the Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition, boasts a range of more than 300 miles on a single charge, 600 hp, lightning-quick acceleration, a sleek aerodynamic design, and state-of-the-art technology. It's downright cool too.
Read the full article.

Image - World record: Largest polymer 3D printer makes parts almost 100 ft long
World record: Largest polymer 3D printer makes parts almost 100 ft long
The University of Maine recently unveiled a giant polymer 3D printer designed to print objects as large as 96 ft long. It has subtractive manufacturing, continuous tape layup, and robotic arm functionalities too.
Read the full article.

Image - Air Force modifies heavy lift airbags to aid rescuers
Air Force modifies heavy lift airbags to aid rescuers
An Air Force Research Lab concept to help military first responders lift heavy objects and quickly exit contested environments went from idea to field testing in about four months. Two air-filled bags used by rescue workers to lift up to 45,000 lb were taking more than 10 minutes to deflate, exposing personnel to other risks in dynamic environments.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Novel IC engine features rotating piston
A company called Avadi Engines has been working on its compact internal combustion engine for almost 10 years -- a unique design that features a rotating piston and cylinder but no traditional crankshaft. The developers say this design eliminates half the moving parts of a traditional ICE and boasts a brake thermal efficiency over 40%. The 250-cc prototype weighs 26 lb and puts out about 16 hp and 22 ft-lb of torque. Do you see a neat innovation or potential problems here?
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