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November 16, 2021Volume 17 Issue 43


Image - Nord-Lock -- for bolts that can't come loose
Nord-Lock -- for bolts that can't come loose
Nord-Lock is the original wedge-locking technology that secures bolted joints, even when exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads.

It is impossible for Nord-Lock washers to loosen unintentionally due to the wedge created underneath the bolt head and nut.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • 60 Years Ago: First launch of a Saturn rocket
  • U.S. Air Force backs making jet fuel out of thin air
  • 3D-printed sand parts gain super strength
  • 2023 Corvette Z06: Track beast and everyday supercar
  • You asked. We answered. Wave Spring E-book
  • Industry First: Valve-in-tank satellite assembly
  • FAULHABER drives for critical medical applications
  • Join carbon materials and more -- C-Solder
  • Difference b/n a servo drive and a motion controller?
  • Great Applications: 50 ways to use a hexapod
  • Tiny crossed roller bearings boast big capabilities
  • Bonus Fun: New giant LEGO Star Wars AT-AT walker
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Wheel nut can't loosen by itself, even in extremes
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Yamaha first rim-drive electric outboard motor
    • New design could muffle roar of fighter jets
    • 2022 Ford Expedition Platinum, Stealth, Timberline
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2023 Corvette Z06

News

Need for larger space telescope inspires lightweight flexible holographic lens -- could help find Earth 2.0

Bad news for many OEMs: Research reveals traditional supply chains cannot meet EV demands

Ford and Purdue patent alternatively cooled EV charging station cable

Weird Science: Scientists create strange black ‚Äč'superionic ice' that could exist inside other planets



Image - ActiNav Drives Savings and Productivity on 24/7 Manufacturing Line
ActiNav Drives Savings and Productivity on 24/7 Manufacturing Line
Dump the parts in a bin, and move on to other tasks. That's what's happening on a Schaeffler Group USA assembly line for precision automotive components. Universal Robots' ActiNav system picks complex parts from randomized bins and accurately places them for assembly, reducing labor needs and improving output. The UR5e cobot-powered system runs on its own -- even autonomously triggering a new bin to move into place as needed to keep the line running.
Watch how:

Feature articles

Image - 60 Years Ago: First launch of a Saturn rocket
60 Years Ago: First launch of a Saturn rocket
In 1957, while working with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, Wernher von Braun and his team of engineers began studies to build a rocket with a then-unprecedented thrust of 1.5 million pounds. This project would give rise to a new family of large rockets called Saturn, which would eventually provide the thrust to land the first man on the Moon.
Read the full article.

Image - U.S. Air Force backs program that makes jet fuel out of thin air
U.S. Air Force backs program that makes jet fuel out of thin air
A U.S. Air Force pilot program with carbon transformation company Twelve hit a major milestone this year when it successfully produced jet fuel from CO2, setting up the conditions to create the synthetic carbon-neutral E-Jet fuel in larger quantities. For the Air Force, the implications of this innovation could be profound.
Read the full article.

Image - 3D-printed sand parts gain super strength
3D-printed sand parts gain super strength
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab have designed a novel polymer that has doubled the strength of sand parts compared with conventional agents used for binder jet additive manufacturing. Silica sand has been gaining interest in the automotive and aerospace sectors for creating composite parts, where lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber or fiberglass, are wrapped around 3D-printed sand-core tools and cured with heat.
Read the full article.

Image - 2023 Corvette Z06: Track beast and everyday supercar you can drive around town
2023 Corvette Z06: Track beast and everyday supercar you can drive around town
Chevrolet is taking the American supercar to a whole new level with the introduction of the 2023 Corvette Z06, which is wider, sports a luxe interior, and features the all-new 5.5L LT6 engine -- the highest-horsepower naturally aspirated V-8 to hit the market in any production car, ever. Not enough for you? An available Z07 performance package will provide max track capabilities.
Read the full article.

Image - You asked. We answered. Wave Spring FAQ E-book
You asked. We answered. Wave Spring FAQ E-book
Finding the best possible solution for your design challenge is no easy task. Smalley engineers have created a brand new Ask the Expert -- Wave Spring FAQ E-book that answers all of your wave spring questions in one simple guide. In this E-book, you will learn about wave spring performance, the design process, materials, and common applications.
Download Now!

Image - Industry First: Eaton's new valve-in-tank assembly increases satellite payload capacity
Industry First: Eaton's new valve-in-tank assembly increases satellite payload capacity
Power management company Eaton has successfully completed qualification testing for the aerospace industry's first Valve in Tank Assembly propulsion feed system. It's the first satellite electric propulsion solution that integrates valves inside the propellant tank and frees up room for more payload.
Read the full article.

Image - Depend on FAULHABER drives for critical medical applications
Depend on FAULHABER drives for critical medical applications
Surgical robotics systems offer an overwhelming advantage over traditional methods: improved precision and speed, faster patient healing, and a reduced margin of error. For minimally invasive procedures requiring this level of precision, performance and quality, the OEM engineers of surgical robotics systems rely on FAULHABER brushless dc motors.
Learn more.

Image - Join carbon materials and more with innovative C-Solder
Join carbon materials and more with innovative C-Solder
C-Solder tin-based soldering alloys from Goodfellow enable the joining of carbon materials as well as carbon to metals (copper, aluminum) and aluminum to aluminum. The resulting bond is mechanically strong and electrically conductive. C-Solder is both flux-free and lead-free, has a melting point of 232 degrees C (solidus temperature), has excellent flow, does not leave a residue, and is not affected by cleaning solvents.
View the 1-minute video.
Learn more from Goodfellow.

Image - What is the difference between a servo drive and a motion controller?
What is the difference between a servo drive and a motion controller?
In the world of automation, there can be a fine line between what is considered a motion controller and a basic servo drive. According to motion experts at Kollmorgen, it's critical to understand the functionality and intelligence of each device since, in many applications, both a motion controller and a servo drive are required to complete the system.
Read this informative Kollmorgen blog.

Image - Great Applications: 50 ways to use a hexapod
Great Applications: 50 ways to use a hexapod
Hexapods, six-legged parallel-kinematic machines, can solve many complex positioning and alignment tasks in fields including Optics, Photonics, Precision Automation, Automotive, and Medical Engineering. Features include a programmable pivot point, sub-micron precision, and load capacities from 2 to 2,000 kg.
Learn more from PI.

Image - Tiny crossed roller bearings boast big capabilities
Tiny crossed roller bearings boast big capabilities
IKO International has unveiled its newest crossed roller bearing, the CRBT105A. This ultra-small, ultra-thin unit is designed to provide exceptional rigidity for space-constrained automated machine applications such as robots with articulating arms and compact surveillance cameras. The CRBT105A features a 10-mm bore diameter, 21-mm outside diameter, and a narrow width of 5 mm. Despite its compact size, this bearing offers rigidity up to four times greater than double-row angular contact ball-type bearings.
Learn more.

Image - Bonus Fun: New giant LEGO Star Wars AT-AT walker
Bonus Fun: New giant LEGO Star Wars AT-AT walker
Straight out of "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," the Imperial ground force's All Terrain Armored Transport is LEGO's latest giant build set to challenge model makers big time with an epic retro build. Standing over 2 ft tall when complete, the AT-AT features 6,785 pieces, a movable head, spinning guns, adjustable legs, and room to fit an army of Snowtrooper minifigures inside. Take your shot at trying to crush the Rebel Alliance. Available Nov. 26.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - Yamaha to offer first rim-drive electric outboard motor
Yamaha to offer first rim-drive electric outboard motor
Electric drives are making their way into all kinds of watersports. No wonder, because they are clean, efficient, quiet, and provide immediate propulsion response. The latest offering is for a first-ever rim-drive electric outboard from Yamaha. The HARMO motor silently cranks out the equivalent of a conventional 9.9-hp gas-powered motor to power up to 32-footers.
Read the full article.

Image - New design could muffle roar of fighter jets
New design could muffle roar of fighter jets
Aerospace engineers at the University of Cincinnati and the Naval Research Laboratory have come up with a new nozzle design for F-18 fighter planes they hope will dampen the deafening roar of the engines without hindering performance.
Read the full article.

Image - 2022 Ford Expedition: Platinum, Stealth, Timberline
2022 Ford Expedition: Platinum, Stealth, Timberline
The full-size 2022 Ford Expedition has special trims tailored to help you stand out from the crowd, including a high-end Platinum Edition (shown left), a mysteriously cool Stealth one, and a first-time-ever Timberline series for that king-of-the-mountain go-getter in you. New class-exclusive features and technologies make it an aggressive market competitor.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Wheel nut can't loosen by itself -- even in extreme applications
Designed for flat-faced steel rims, the Nord-Lock wheel nut safely secures wheels on on-road and off-road heavy vehicles by maintaining high clamping force even under extreme operating conditions. When assembled correctly, the Nord-Lock wheel nut cannot loosen by itself. It's a simple and cost-effective way to make wheels safe and secure for more productive and efficient operations.
See how Nord-Lock wheel nuts work.

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