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August 02, 2022Volume 18 Issue 29


Image - Replace traditional fasteners: 50+ retaining ring <br>real-world applications
Replace traditional fasteners: 50+ retaining ring
real-world applications

What's so good about a Rotor Clip Retaining Ring? The benefits are simple: The ring is made from less material than traditional fasteners, eliminating machined shoulders, threads, cover plates, and heat-formed studs -- so you save. Using a retaining ring to fasten your assembly instead of a traditional fastener not only reduces your costs, but also saves the environment. This quality part offers lot traceability.
View more than 50 application examples.

In this issue of Designfax

  • Become a Hasbro action figure: 3D-print customization
  • 60 years ago: NASA decides on lunar orbit rendezvous
  • Ultrasound stickers can see inside the body
  • All-electric Chevy Blazer EV: Style and power
  • Understanding electric traction and steering
  • Different axle ratios could cut fuel bills for fleets
  • Mastercam 2023: 6 tips to streamline workflow
  • Custom maintenance-free toothed belt pulleys
  • IronHorse jet pump and stainless steel motors
  • Hybrid stepper motor with 8-pin integrated connector
  • Protect battery packs against overcurrent, overcharging
  • Machine-ready blanks from TCI Precision Metals
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • World's most powerful electric vacuum gripper
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Most Popular Items Last 6 Months - Part 1
    • Most Popular Items Last 6 Months - Part 2
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2024 All-electric Chevy Blazer EV

News

Physicists multiply frequencies without special circuitry

UCLA scientists discover places on the Moon where it's always 'sweater weather'

Laser-controlled drone demonstrated -- could beat RF detection and jamming

Special Operations Command: Low-cost tech shaping modern battlefield



Feature articles

Image - Become an action figure: New partnership between Hasbro and 3D-printing company Formlabs
Become an action figure: New partnership between Hasbro and 3D-printing company Formlabs
The Hasbro Selfie Series will use the power of Formlabs 3D printers to enable fans to create a collector-grade, 6-in. action figure in their likeness based on classic and current characters seen across popular films, television series, and comics.
Read the full article.

Image - 60 years ago: NASA decides on lunar orbit rendezvous for moon landing
60 years ago: NASA decides on lunar orbit rendezvous for moon landing
In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the national goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth before the end of the decade. Managers at NASA needed to select the technique to reach the Moon within the given timeframe. They considered three options, including a Lunar Orbit Rendezvous that posed the huge risk of stranding astronauts far from home with no possible rescue if it failed.
Read the full article.

Image - Ultrasound stickers can see inside the body -- could become Band-Aid-type, on-the-go imagers
Ultrasound stickers can see inside the body -- could become Band-Aid-type, on-the-go imagers
Engineers at MIT have created a stamp-size device that sticks to skin and can provide continuous ultrasound imaging of internal organs for 48 hours, producing clear pictures of the heart, lungs, and other internal organs.
Read the full article.

Image - All-electric Chevy Blazer EV: Style and power
All-electric Chevy Blazer EV: Style and power
New from the ground up, the 2024 Blazer EV features athletic styling and performance cues inspired by the Camaro and Corvette. It will be offered in multiple distinct trims -- including a 557-hp SS version that will do 0 to 60 in under 4 sec -- with multiple range options up to 320 miles on a full charge.
Read the full article.

Image - Understanding electric traction and steering for autonomous robots, AGVs, and lift trucks
Understanding electric traction and steering for autonomous robots, AGVs, and lift trucks
Electrically driven vehicles, including warehouse and factory-floor trucks, hoists, pushers, tuggers, and various types of mobile robots, are clean, quiet, and more precise than hydraulic solutions and can handle loads up to 20,000 lb, in many cases. Learn all about traction actuators from Allied Motion for these vehicles, including discrete and integrated power wheels, electric steering solutions, and design approaches.
Read this informative Allied Motion article.

Image - Specifying different axle ratios could cut fuel bills for some fleet vehicles
Specifying different axle ratios could cut fuel bills for some fleet vehicles
New research by Allison Transmission, the world's largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, has revealed that many commercial vehicle fleets could cut their fuel consumption by requesting different axle ratios to those routinely offered by OEMs.
Read the full article.

Image - Mastercam 2023: 6 tips to streamline workflow
Mastercam 2023: 6 tips to streamline workflow
Mastercam 2023, the latest edition of the leading CAD/CAM software, has been upgraded to make programming even faster and easier. It prioritizes streamlining workflow so the entire machining process -- from design to QC -- is as efficient as possible. Check out these six tips and features to help you maximize the benefits of Mastercam 2023.
Read the Mastercam blog.

Image - Custom maintenance-free toothed belt pulleys delivered in just 48 hr
Custom maintenance-free toothed belt pulleys delivered in just 48 hr
Motion plastics leader igus has expanded its 3D-print and online ordering offering to include custom-format toothed belt pulleys. Toothed belt pulleys are a common component in many machines and are widely used in linear drives of printers, robots, and packaging machines. However, if an individual variant is required, developing a custom component can take days or even weeks. igus now offers manufacturing by 3D printing, reducing delivery times from several weeks to just 48 hours.
Learn more.

Image - IronHorse jet pump and stainless steel motors
IronHorse jet pump and stainless steel motors
AutomationDirect has added the new, economical IronHorse MTRJ series of jet pump motors to their AC motor lineup. They come in a TEFC enclosure with a 56J frame that has a threaded shaft for direct connection to a jet pump, and are available in 120/230 VAC from 1/3 to 2 hp and in 208-230/460 VAC from 1/3 to 3 hp at 3,600 rpm. AutomationDirect has also added the MTS series of IronHorse motors that offer premium efficiency (EISA compliant) and come with an IP69K-rated stainless steel construction that can survive the harshest of environments. They are available in sizes from 1/3 to 20 hp in 208-230/480 VAC 3-phase and in speeds of 1,200, 1,800, and 3,600 rpm.
Learn more.

Image - Hybrid stepper motor with 8-pin integrated connector
Hybrid stepper motor with 8-pin integrated connector
Lin Engineering's NEMA 23 (57-mm) hybrid stepper motor can be ordered with an 8-pin integrated connector that allows for multiple connection options. Standard and customized windings and shaft options are available to match your performance requirements, as well as customizable leads and wire harness. This high-volume-availability motor may be the perfect drop-in replacement for your designs if you are experiencing supply chain issues.
Learn more.

Image - Protect battery packs against overcurrent and overcharging
Protect battery packs against overcurrent and overcharging
Littelfuse has announced the new ITV4030, a series of 22-A, three-terminal, surface-mountable Li-ion battery protectors ideal for use in a wide range of data communications interfaces for consumer electronics including tablets, robotic appliances, and power tools. These 4- x 3-mm devices protect battery packs against overcurrent and overcharging (overvoltage) conditions. The innovative design uses embedded fuse and heater elements that provide fast response and reliable performance to interrupt the charging or discharging circuit before the battery pack becomes overcharged or overheated.
Learn more.

Image - Machine-ready blanks from TCI Precision Metals
Machine-ready blanks from TCI Precision Metals
TCI Precision Metals will be showing its precision Machine-Ready Blanks capabilities to customers at IMTS 2022 this September. Machine-Ready Blanks of aluminum, stainless steel, and other alloys help shops shorten setup time, reduce scrap, and increase overall throughput up to 25% by eliminating material prep. These blanks are guaranteed to arrive machine-ready for production, with standard-size blanks in low quantities ready for immediate shipping, Custom blanks in production quantities can be ordered for quick turnaround.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - Most Popular Items Last 6 Months - Part 1
Most Popular Items Last 6 Months - Part 1
Porsche 911, lithium-sulfur battery could quintuple EV ranges, 70th Anniversary Corvette, new NASA Alloy, tragedy on the Apollo 1 launch pad, and more.
Read the full issue.

Image - Most Popular Items Last 6 Months - Part 2
Most Popular Items Last 6 Months - Part 2
Ferrari 296 GTS, airplanes covered in sharkskin film, Air Force air torpedo, electric Silverado, new Army turret design, fuel-agnostic internal combustion powertrains, and more.
Read the full issue.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
World's most powerful electric vacuum gripper now available from OnRobot
Who needs an unwieldy and costly pneumatic material-handling system when OnRobot has launched the VGP20 electric vacuum gripper? The easy-to-deploy new grasper can handle payloads up to 20 kg (44 lb), making it a great fit for a wide range of applications. The VGP20 comes complete with everything needed for fast, easy deployment with any leading robot. It's full of advanced features too.
See how it works.
Learn all the specifics of the VGP20 electric vacuum gripper.

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