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February 27, 2024Volume 20 Issue 08


Image - Need inserts? We make it E-Z.
Need inserts? We make it E-Z.
Founded in 1956, E-Z Lok allows users to repair damaged or worn-out threads without the need for special taps or installation tools. Our line of threaded locking inserts is used in metal, plastic, wood, composite and additive industries. Extensive inventories are maintained in four warehouses across the US, and all products are sold through industrial distributors. One source for all your needs!
Learn more or contact Kyle Lindsly-Roach at 310.323.5613 x221.

In this issue of Designfax

  • First metal 3D printer for space makes it to ISS
  • 3D-printed titanium structure has supernatural strength
  • New efficient process to make fuel from CO2
  • Porsche Taycan 2025: More power, speed, and range
  • Ultrasonic inserts kit for thermoplastics
  • Engineer's Toolbox: All about lead screws
  • Top 5 reasons for solder joint failure
  • Incremental encoder with latest chip tech
  • Application story: Complete gearbox and coupling assembly for actuator system
  • Make nylon 3D-printed prototypes and parts in the office
  • Loss-free conversion of 3D/CAD data
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • What is 3D-MID? Parts with integrated electronics
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • NASA solar sail tech deployment test
    • Chevrolet Traverse: Now with Z71 off-roader
    • Engineers fool automotive radar systems
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

News

Computer processing speeds could by doubled pretty easily, says UC Riverside researcher

It's a wonder material, but is it safe to inhale graphene?

Top general says Space Force is 'greatest bargain in the Department of Defense'

Weird science: Why do insects fly toward light at night? Scientists find surprising answer



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

Image - First metal 3D printer for space makes it to ISS
First metal 3D printer for space makes it to ISS
The first metal 3D printer for space, developed by Airbus for the European Space Agency, will soon be tested aboard the Columbus module of the International Space Station. It could be a real game changer for manufacturing in space and future missions to the Moon or Mars.
Read the full article.

Image - 3D-printed titanium structure has supernatural strength
3D-printed titanium structure has supernatural strength
A 3D-printed "metamaterial" boasting levels of strength for weight not normally seen in nature or manufacturing could change how we make everything from medical implants to aircraft or rocket parts.
Read the full article.

Image - Engineers develop efficient process to make fuel from carbon dioxide
Engineers develop efficient process to make fuel from carbon dioxide
Researchers at MIT and Harvard University have developed an efficient process that can convert carbon dioxide into formate, a liquid or solid material that can be used like hydrogen or methanol to power a fuel cell and generate electricity. The fuel is nontoxic, nonflammable, easy to store and transport, and can remain stable in ordinary steel tanks for years.
Read the full article.

Image - Porsche Taycan 2025: More power, speed, and range
Porsche Taycan 2025: More power, speed, and range
For the 2025 model year, Porsche is giving the all-electric Taycan -- which outsells its Porsche four-door gasoline counterpart Panamera almost 2 to 1 -- a particularly extensive update. The Turbo S model does 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 sec, making it the quickest production car Porsche has ever offered.
Read the full article.

Image - Ultrasonic inserts and heat staking kits <br>for thermoplastics
Ultrasonic inserts and heat staking kits
for thermoplastics

E-Z Lok, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic, and wood, is now offering E-Z Sonic™ with Threaded Insert Assortment kits. E-Z Sonic inserts are designed for post-molding installation in thermoplastic materials such as acrylic, polypropylene, and PVC. Machined out of high-quality brass and available with both inch and metric threads, these inserts are durable and versatile. Designs include tapered and straight that can be installed with an ultrasonic horn or a heat driver.
Learn more or Contact Kyle Lindsly-Roach at 310.323.5613 x221.

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>All about lead screws and how to apply them
Engineer's Toolbox:
All about lead screws and how to apply them

Lead screws use the helix angle of the thread to convert rotary motion to linear motion. Learn all about their benefits, performance characteristics, design choices, lifecycles, and more in this in-depth article from Thomson Industries.
Read the full article.

Image - Top 5 reasons for solder joint failure
Top 5 reasons for solder joint failure
Solder joint reliability is often a pain point in the design of an electronic system. According to Tyler Ferris at ANSYS, a wide variety of factors affect joint reliability, and any one of them can drastically reduce joint lifetime. Properly identifying and mitigating potential causes during the design and manufacturing process can prevent costly and difficult-to-solve problems later in a product lifecycle.
Read this informative ANSYS blog.

Image - Incremental encoder with latest accuracy chip tech
Incremental encoder with latest accuracy chip tech
With a diameter of just 8 mm, FAULHABER's new IEP3 incremental encoder is lightweight and compact yet still offers a resolution up to 10,000 lines per revolution -- made possible by the latest chip technology with high interpolation. The chip ensures a high positional accuracy of 0.3° m as well as high repeatability thanks to accuracy compensation. Application areas include telescopes, microscopes, lasers, and cameras; semiconductor production; robotics; and prosthetics.
Learn more.

Image - Application story: Complete gearbox and coupling assembly for actuator system
Application story: Complete gearbox and coupling assembly for actuator system
Learn how GAM engineers not only sized and selected the appropriate gear reducers and couplings required to drive two ball screws in unison using a single motor, but how they also designed the mounting adapters necessary to complete the system. One-stop shopping eliminated unnecessary components and resulted in a 15% reduction in system cost.
Read this informative GAM blog.

Image - Make nylon 3D-printed prototypes and parts in the office
Make nylon 3D-printed prototypes and parts in the office
The new SLS 300 from 3D Systems is an affordable, turnkey, closed-loop 3D-printing system designed to operate in a smaller-footprint environment. SLS 300 makes selective laser sintering available to a broader range of customers with a high-reliability, affordable solution to produce end-use parts. Users can produce tough, durable parts from a range of production-grade nylon materials. Amazing fill, finishing, and clean-up systems.
Learn more.

Image - Loss-free conversion of 3D/CAD data
Loss-free conversion of 3D/CAD data
CT CoreTechnologie has further developed its state-of-the-art CAD converter 3D_Evolution and is now introducing native interfaces for reading Solidedge and writing Nx and Solidworks files. It supports a wide range of formats such as Catia, Nx, Creo, Solidworks, Solidedge, Inventor, Step, and Jt, facilitating smooth interoperability between different systems and collaboration for engineers and designers in development environments with different CAD systems.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - NASA solar sail tech passes crucial deployment test
NASA solar sail tech passes crucial deployment test
NASA cleared a key technology milestone in January 2024 with the successful test deployment of one of four identical solar sail quadrants aimed for deep space transportation. The deployment mechanisms for the nearly 100-ft-long composite booms that stretch the giant sail membrane use tape-measure tech developed by the U.S. Air Force.
Read the full article.

Image - Chevrolet Traverse: All new and adds Z71 off-road capability
Chevrolet Traverse: All new and adds Z71 off-road capability
Redesigned from the ground up, the all-new 2024 Chevrolet Traverse gets a bold and beefy shape with more truck-like proportions, updated key safety features, and greater horsepower and torque from an all-new engine. The three-row, midsize SUV can seat up to eight and will also come in a new off-road-capable Z71 model.
Read the full article.

Image - Engineers fool automotive radar into dangerous situations
Engineers fool automotive radar into dangerous situations
Engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a system that fools automotive radar sensors into believing almost anything is possible -- hiding the approach of an existing car or creating a phantom car. The technology reveals potential vulnerabilities of our increasingly automated vehicles.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
What is 3D-MID? Molded parts with integrated electronics from HARTING
3D-MID (three-dimensional mechatronic integrated devices) technology combines electronic and mechanical functionalities into a single, 3D component. It replaces the traditional printed circuit board and opens up many new opportunities. It takes injection-molded parts and uses laser-direct structuring to etch areas of conductor structures, which are filled with a copper plating process to create very precise electronic circuits. HARTING, the technology's developer, says it's "Like a PCB, but 3D." Tons of possibilities.
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