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|November 29, 2022||Volume 18 Issue 44|
|WORLD-CLASS SINGLE AND MULTI-AXIS STAGES|
BUILT IN THE USA from parts imported from Taiwan and elsewhere, HIWIN's single- or multi-axis motion systems using ballscrew-driven or linear motor stages combined with direct drive rotary tables are perfect for prototyping and small-run custom applications. Components, drives, controllers, brackets, and cable chains are included. Contact us to get started on your design.
|All-new Pilot: Largest and most powerful Honda SUV ever|
The all-new 2023 Honda Pilot is the ultimate practical family SUV with rugged new styling, more passenger and cargo space, and a class-leading combo of off-road capability and sporty on-road dynamics. It comes in five flavors and boasts Honda's most powerful V6 ever (285 hp), seating for eight, the most cargo room in the model's history, and loads of tech features and upscale touches.
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|Artemis 1 moon rocket blew launch pad elevator doors off|
Space.com has posted a really interesting video that details the damage the Artemis 1 moon mission's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its almost 9 million pounds of thrust caused to the NASA launch pad and surrounding facilities at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida when it launched Nov. 16. Watch NASA's Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager, detail what happened, including views of the doors blown off the elevators used for servicing the launch tower when the most powerful rocket in the world took off.
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|How slip clutches can help maximize your designs|
The way they see it over at Polyclutch, there aren't a whole lot of problems you can't solve with a slip clutch. Way beyond using them for overload protection, there are a surprising number of other applications for these versatile and valuable components. From increasing machine speeds and applying constant tension on wire to indexing a conveyor and automatic screw assembly, slip clutches just may provide the design leverage you've been seeking.
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|Linear robots are now even more versatile|
Bosch Rexroth has expanded its portfolio of linear robots (eight different axis combinations with 68 sizes!) for various applications in factory automation. The much wider range of working areas and loads makes the Cartesian subsystems also suitable for applications like battery handling or intralogistics. Predefined axis combinations make for quick and easy sizing and selection. Configure and finalize online and order as preassembled subsystems -- optionally with controllers. Each multi-axis system is also available as a Smart Function Kit for handling or dispensing. Preinstalled software allows for fast commissioning and intuitive programming.
Learn more about Bosch Rexroth smart mechatronic systems.
|Slimmest air conditioner on the market|
Seifert's filterless SlimLine Series of enclosure air conditioners integrates unique technologies -- maximum power-to-size ratio, mounting of merely 4.5 in. inside-cabinet depth -- making these units the slimmest air conditioner on the market. Cooling capacity: 1,090 to 5,120 Btu/hr. The proprietary condenser design provides improved cooling performance and ensures reliability in demanding applications.
|New high-performance metals for 3D printing|
3D Systems has added two new materials to its materials portfolio. Certified HX is a high-performance nickel alloy that contains a higher percentage of molybdenum (up to 9.5%) vs. other nickel alloys, which enhances strength and resistance to corrosion, creep deformation, cracking, and oxidation in hot-zone environments. Certified CuCr2.4 is a high-strength, corrosion-resistant copper alloy that is significantly stronger than pure copper and easier to process. Both materials are certified for use with the company's DMP Flex 350 and DMP Factory 350 3D printers. Applications include industrial gas turbines, consumer goods, aerospace and defense, and automotive.
|Smallest Smart Motor Module for DC fan applications|
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited has introduced an extension to its compact Smart Motor Module (SMM) family. Available in an ultra-compact, thermally enhanced 3-mm x 3-mm QFN-18L package, the highly integrated AOZ9530QV SMM is a half-bridge power stage with a slew of features and protections that simplify motor drive designs. It is suitable for use in a large number of BLDC fan applications ranging from PC and server fans to seat cooling and home appliances.
|COMSOL Multiphysics Version 6.1 is here!|
COMSOL has released the latest version of its modeling and simulation software. COMSOL Multiphysics version 6.1 is full of feature additions and workflow enhancements. "This version provides our users with powerful multiphysics simulation tools in areas of highly competitive R&D, like audio technology and vehicle electrification," says Bjorn Sjodin, VP of product management at COMSOL. "We have also strengthened the software's foundation with new capabilities for optimization and the modeling of turbulent flow and mechanical contact."
|Most popular last issue|
|Bugatti Mistral: Last to run on the W16 combustion engine|
The 8.0-liter W16 engine has been propelling Bugatti's hyper sports cars for almost 20 years. It's the only 16-cylinder engine in the world to be used in a car, and now its days are officially numbered with the release of the Bugatti Mistral roadster, a 1,578-hp, 99-unit open-top that will be the last of its kind to feature the W16.
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|Weird science: Father and son-in-law construct world's smallest sundial|
A father and son-in-law, both scientists with knowledge and experience in astronomy, engaged in a dynamic conversation about sundial technology while on a family car trip in August 2021. After testing half a dozen prototypes, their invention was awarded a provisional patent nine months later and went on to win an international contest for the "world's smallest sundial."
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