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January 18, 2022Volume 18 Issue 03


Image - Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
With Smalley's engineering tools, convert popular spring units such as force or retaining ring thrust capacities into metric units. Convert units such as mass and weight, angular measurements, velocities, temperatures, pressures, densities, and more!
Go to the Unit Conversion Tool. This is a good one to bookmark.

In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA's Moon oxygen machine could help us on Earth
  • Office of Naval Research chief reimagines naval power
  • MIT engineers make 140-m-long lithium-ion fiber battery
  • First Look: 2024 all-electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup
  • Mini-Controller? Don't dispense with dynamics.
  • Pro Tip: Clearance/thrust relationship in induction motors
  • Top 10 ways to save on CNC machining
  • Next-gen adaptive resistance welding controller
  • 'Basics of Static Electricity' white paper from EXAIR
  • New nickel-based superalloy for 3D printing
  • COMSOL Version 6.0 is here
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • What's new in SOLIDWORKS 2022?
    • Application Focus: Components for endurance tester
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Most Popular Items 2021: Part 1
    • Most Popular Items 2021: Part 2
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV

News

Atom by atom: New silicon computer chip technique opens up quantum computing construction possibilities

Researchers take a deep dive into how to protect EV charging stations from cyberattacks

Crime Tech: New rotating stage helps take fingerprint images in the round

Lunar rover that levitates by harnessing the moon's natural charge is being tested



Feature articles

Image - NASA's new Moon oxygen machine could help us here on Earth
NASA's new Moon oxygen machine could help us here on Earth
With the nation facing multiple health and industry challenges, oxygen supplies have become more important than ever. NASA-supported research now offers a way to meet those needs with technology developed for use on the Moon.
Read the full article.

Image - Office of Naval Research chief reimagines U.S. naval power
Office of Naval Research chief reimagines U.S. naval power
Declaring "Our time to innovate is now," Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby introduced a new vision for future naval power Nov. 17, 2021 -- one based on faster development of unmanned, autonomous systems, vibrant partnerships with industry and academia, and reimagined naval formations.
Read the full article.

Image - MIT engineers make 140-m-long lithium-ion fiber battery
MIT engineers make 140-m-long lithium-ion fiber battery
In a proof of concept, a team of researchers has produced the world's longest flexible fiber lithium-ion battery. They envision new possibilities for the fire-resistant technology, including self-powered communications, sensing, and devices where batteries could double as structural parts.
Read the full article.

Image - First Look: 2024 all-electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup aims for 400 miles per charge and a lot of utility
First Look: 2024 all-electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup aims for 400 miles per charge and a lot of utility
Chevrolet's first all-electric pickup will wear the nameplate of its popular, full-size Silverado light-duty model -- a direct competitor to Ford's new Lightning F-150 EV. Details are scarce, but here is what we know so far. The Silverado EV will come in two variants, WT (Work Truck) and RST and eventually offer a slew of options, including up to 664 hp with more than 780 lb-ft of torque, four-wheel drive, and 400+ miles of range on a single charge.
Read the full article.

Image - Mini-Controller? Don't dispense with dynamics.
Mini-Controller? Don't dispense with dynamics.
With the MC3 MINI version of the new MC 3001 ultra-compact series of Motion Controllers, developers solve space problems in applications that call for both high control dynamics and high performance. High PWM frequency and integrated thermal models protect the motor from overheating here. Applications include robotics, automation technology, machine construction, and medical and laboratory technology.
Learn more.

Image - Pro Tip: What is the clearance/thrust relationship in induction motors?
Pro Tip: What is the clearance/thrust relationship in induction motors?
A linear induction motor has a primary or coil assembly and a secondary or reaction plate. In this pro tip, engineers from H2W Technologies explain why machine and systems designers should pay particular attention to the clearance gap between these two components -- especially since an epoxy, varnish, or case enclosure may be involved.
Read the full article.

Image - Top 10 ways to save on CNC machining
Top 10 ways to save on CNC machining
CNC machining follows a few important rules like rounding corners, machining pockets, and maintaining wall thicknesses to specific ratios. Reducing complexity reins in this process. Watch and learn as experts from Xometry lay out their top recommendations, which could save you time, money, and a manufacturing headache or two. Excellent info.
View the video.

Image - Next-gen adaptive resistance welding controller
Next-gen adaptive resistance welding controller
Bosch Rexroth has launched its PRC7000 family of high-speed automated welding controllers, which feature advanced processors and new software to help manufacturers maximize welding throughput and quality. The PRC7000 provides the highest-quality weld control and ultraprecise adjustment of the welding current to eliminate spatter and expensive reworking. Innovative software tools and a modular design enable up to 90% faster commissioning. The PRC7000 can store up to 10,000 welding programs that can be easily built and selected via a drag-and-drop graphical interface.
Learn more.

Image - 'Basics of Static Electricity' white paper from EXAIR
'Basics of Static Electricity' white paper from EXAIR
The "Basics of Static Electricity" white paper presents 20 comprehensive and full-colored pages on the causes of static electricity, how it develops, and solutions for combatting it in manufacturing processes. Static electricity is a product of non-conductive materials coming into contact and separating, or creating friction between them, leading to imbalanced ions. EXAIR Static Eliminators restore this balance and assist in maintaining proper process speeds, preventing product damage and injured employees.
Learn more.

Image - New nickel-based superalloy for 3D printing
New nickel-based superalloy for 3D printing
Velo3D has qualified the nickel-based superalloy powder Amperprint 0233 Haynes 282 for use in its Sapphire family of printers. The material is designed for high creep strength, thermal stability, weldability, and fabricability not commonly found in other alloys. This superalloy is ideal for high-temperature structural applications like energy generation, gas turbines, and space launch vehicles to build parts like heat exchangers, combustors, nozzles, combustion liners, rocket engines, and shrouded impellers. Shown left is a combustor liner made with the new superalloy. It features 23,000 unique holes for optimized air-to-fuel ratios and internal channels for regenerative cooling. The part is shown as printed, with no supports.
Learn more.

Image - COMSOL Version 6.0 is here -- includes Model Manager and Uncertainty Quantification Module
COMSOL Version 6.0 is here -- includes Model Manager and Uncertainty Quantification Module
Version 6.0 of COMSOL Multiphysics software has been released. It introduces the Model Manager, a new workspace that enables efficient simulation data management and collaboration. Also new is the Uncertainty Quantification Module, an add-on product that uses probabilistic design methods to quantify uncertainty in analyses and predetermined safety margins. Version 6.0 also brings major improvements to the solvers with performance speedup by a factor of 10 in engineering areas such as heat radiation and models subjected to nonlinear structural material behavior.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - Most Popular Items 2021: Part 1
Most Popular Items 2021: Part 1
Tesla valve, Ford F-150 Lightning EV, 2023 Corvette Z06, Airless bike tire, What motors drive the Mars helicopter?, F-35 Lighting jet fighters drone-mounted inspection, Top Products, Top Applications, and more.
Read the full issue.

Image - Most Popular Items 2021: Part 2
Most Popular Items 2021: Part 2
Stradivarius violin surprise finding, New James Bond supercar, Hindenburg disaster, Air Force B-21 Raider stealth bomber, Fastener design tips, Top Products, Top Videos, and more.
Read the full issue.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
What's new in SOLIDWORKS 2022?
SOLIDWORKS 2022 has had its big reveal, and the experts at TriMech are ready to give users the rundown. Learn about new capabilities in the 3DEXPERIENCE, better performance upgrades, improved shape creation, interface enhancements, and more. TriMech always does a nice job with review and tips videos, so check out what else they have available.
View the TriMech recap video.
View the 2-hr official SOLIDWORKS release video here.
Application Focus: Components for endurance tester
Successful manufacturing automation systems require consistent results and durable components to meet high cycle counts. This application explains how the components from FUTEK (load cell and differential strain gauge amplifier), Galil (motion controller), and SMAC (moving coil linear actuator) work together to create a robust endurance testing system. Learn the basics so you can grow your knowledge base.
View the FUTEK video.

New products

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