Machine Design http://machinedesign.com/rss.xml en “Oops, I Dropped the Warhead!” (On Purpose) http://machinedesign.com/defense/oops-i-dropped-warhead-purpose <div class="node-body article-body">The Defense Dept. drop tested its latest nuclear warhead, the W88 ALT 370, the follow-up to the W88. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/defense/oops-i-dropped-warhead-purpose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/defense/oops-i-dropped-warhead-purpose#comments Defense News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:29:00 +0000 44371 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printed Inverter Could Kickstart Electric Cars http://machinedesign.com/materials/3d-printed-inverter-could-kickstart-electric-cars <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined 3D printing and a wide-bandgap version of silicon carbide to come up with a lightweight, compact 30-kW traction-drive inverter. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/materials/3d-printed-inverter-could-kickstart-electric-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/3d-printed-inverter-could-kickstart-electric-cars#comments 3D Printing Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:15:00 +0000 44361 at http://machinedesign.com Fighting Friction with a Nanolayer of Graphene http://machinedesign.com/materials/fighting-friction-nanolayer-graphene <div class="node-body article-body">Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a method of bonding a uniform layer of graphene only one atom-thick directly to steel. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/materials/fighting-friction-nanolayer-graphene" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/fighting-friction-nanolayer-graphene#comments Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:54:00 +0000 44351 at http://machinedesign.com <p>An atom-thick layer of bonded graphene won&rsquo;t even let a hydrogen atom penetrate it. But when the graphene wears away due to friction in an atmosphere containing hydrogen atoms, they can infiltrate the layer&mdash;but they actually repair it.</p> Adaptive Optics Lets Soldiers Zoom in on Targets http://machinedesign.com/materials/adaptive-optics-lets-soldiers-zoom-targets <div class="node-body article-body">The scope, called the “rapid adaptive zoom for assault rifles” (Razar), lets soldiers shift magnification without taking their hands off the rifle or eyes off the target, a problem with the current scope.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/materials/adaptive-optics-lets-soldiers-zoom-targets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/adaptive-optics-lets-soldiers-zoom-targets#comments Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:45:00 +0000 44341 at http://machinedesign.com <p>A member of the U.S. Army&rsquo;s Special Forces demonstrates the Razar adaptive-zoom riflescope developed at Sandi National Laboratory.</p> Oil-Shear Clutch-Brake Lets Lacrosse Stick Swing Realistically http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/oil-shear-clutch-brake-lets-lacrosse-stick-swing-realistically <div class="node-body article-body">Shear-oil clutch brake lets lacrosse stick swing realistically.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/oil-shear-clutch-brake-lets-lacrosse-stick-swing-realistically" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/oil-shear-clutch-brake-lets-lacrosse-stick-swing-realistically#comments Recreation Motors/Drives News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:41:00 +0000 44321 at http://machinedesign.com SourceESB: The Pipeline to Supplier Intelligence http://machinedesign.com/embedded/sourceesb-pipeline-supplier-intelligence <div class="field-byline"> Christina Cavano, Director of SourceESB </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Finding reliable suppliers and good sources of quality components is a constant concern for design engineers, according to Machine Design’s current Salary Survey, which also takes a look at engineers’ attitudes and issues. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/sourceesb-pipeline-supplier-intelligence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/sourceesb-pipeline-supplier-intelligence#comments Embedded News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:51:00 +0000 44311 at http://machinedesign.com Daylight Saving Time and its Effects on Energy and Trains http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains <div class="node-body blog-body">Fun facts to know and tell about Daylight Saving time (DST.)</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains#comments Daylightg Savings TIme Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:18:00 +0000 44181 at http://machinedesign.com Pneumatic Linear Slides http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/pneumatic-linear-slides <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Fabco-Air </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is a pneumatic linear slide? How does a machine builder decide which model best suits an application? How about load capacity?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/pneumatic-linear-slides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/pneumatic-linear-slides#comments Design FAQs Linear Motion Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:24:00 +0000 43771 at http://machinedesign.com Rugged SBC Integrates Intel i7 Quad-Core Processor http://machinedesign.com/embedded/rugged-sbc-integrates-intel-i7-quad-core-processor <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The C163 from Aitech Defense Systems is a rugged 6U VME SBC based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core (Haswell) processor family. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/rugged-sbc-integrates-intel-i7-quad-core-processor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/rugged-sbc-integrates-intel-i7-quad-core-processor#comments Products Embedded Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:27:00 +0000 41731 at http://machinedesign.com Screw Drive Survival and Actuator Life http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/screw-drive-survival-and-actuator-life <div class="field-byline"> Igor Glikin, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Tolomatic Inc. </div> <div class="field-deck"> A host of factors influence how long a screw actuator will operate properly. Here are some tips on accurately estimating how long that will be. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A host of factors influence how long a screw actuator will operate properly. Here are some tips on accurately estimating how long that will be.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/screw-drive-survival-and-actuator-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/screw-drive-survival-and-actuator-life#comments Motion Control Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:42:00 +0000 41711 at http://machinedesign.com Reshoring OEM Makes Oilfield Pumps with U.S. Equipment http://machinedesign.com/hydraulics/reshoring-oem-makes-oilfield-pumps-us-equipment <div class="field-byline"> John Piehl. Sales Manager, Tyler Mitchell, Project Engineer, Ahaus Tool and Engineering, Richmond, Ind. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">All fixture and machine-assembly jobs are unique, but one Texas facility was set to manufacture gear casings with enormous dimensions — so it needed machines with fixtures, loaders, and presses that could handle big parts. Here’s how they quickly setup the machinery with a U.S. supplier.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/hydraulics/reshoring-oem-makes-oilfield-pumps-us-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/hydraulics/reshoring-oem-makes-oilfield-pumps-us-equipment#comments Gold Engineering Essentials Manufacturing Equipment Hydraulics Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:00 +0000 39901 at http://machinedesign.com How to Specify and Apply Precision Gearboxes with Servosystems http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/how-specify-and-apply-precision-gearboxes-servosystems <div class="field-byline"> Pat Phillips, Product Manager, and Chip McDaniel, Technical Marketing, at AutomationDirect </div> <div class="field-deck"> A servosystem and gearbox can provide precise motion control, but care must be taken in design, selection, and implementation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A host of industrial gearboxes are available today, making it important to match the proper type of gearbox with the drive, motor, and load. When a machine needs a servosystem – a drive and motor —the gearbox is critical for accurate and repeatable motion. Planetary gearboxes fit the bill for most servo applications.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/how-specify-and-apply-precision-gearboxes-servosystems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/how-specify-and-apply-precision-gearboxes-servosystems#comments Mechanical Drives Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:07:00 +0000 41671 at http://machinedesign.com How to Choose the Right Control Method for VFDs http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/how-choose-right-control-method-vfds <div class="field-byline"> Steve Peterson, Technical Training Engineer, Yaskawa America Inc. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For motors controlled by a variable frequency drive (VFD), the control method used in large part determines a motor’s efficiency and performance in an application. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/how-choose-right-control-method-vfds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/how-choose-right-control-method-vfds#comments Motors/Drives Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:12:00 +0000 41651 at http://machinedesign.com Top Five Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing into your Product Development Lifecycle http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/top-five-reasons-integrate-3d-printing-your-product-development-lifecycle <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Stratasys </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Rapid prototyping with PolyJet technology has become a game-changing innovation for designers, engineers and manufacturers since it was introduced two decades ago. While new lower costs and time savings are</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/top-five-reasons-integrate-3d-printing-your-product-development-lifecycle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/top-five-reasons-integrate-3d-printing-your-product-development-lifecycle#comments 3D Printing White Papers Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:48:00 +0000 41641 at http://machinedesign.com Updated Vertical Lathe Allows for Larger Workpiece http://machinedesign.com/products/updated-vertical-lathe-allows-larger-workpiece <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Okuma has introduced its new V760EX vertical lathe, updating its V60R model. The new product has a larger work envelope and allows for an additional 110 mm in workpiece height and 150 mm </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/updated-vertical-lathe-allows-larger-workpiece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/updated-vertical-lathe-allows-larger-workpiece#comments Products Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:31:00 +0000 41631 at http://machinedesign.com One Part Cyanoacrylate Sets in 10-40 Seconds http://machinedesign.com/adhesives/one-part-cyanoacrylate-sets-10-40-seconds <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Master Bond’s MB250NT is a single component ethyl cyanoacrylate cures rapidly, depending on the atmospheric humidity (the higher the level, the faster the rate of the cure). </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/adhesives/one-part-cyanoacrylate-sets-10-40-seconds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/adhesives/one-part-cyanoacrylate-sets-10-40-seconds#comments Products Adhesives Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:41:00 +0000 41621 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printer Incorporates DLP Layered Projection System http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printer-incorporates-dlp-layered-projection-system <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Roland DGA introduced the monoFab series, which includes the company’s first 3D printer, the ARM-10, and a compact 3D subtractive milling machine, the SRM-20. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printer-incorporates-dlp-layered-projection-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printer-incorporates-dlp-layered-projection-system#comments 3D Printing Products Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:04:00 +0000 41611 at http://machinedesign.com Tactile Dome Switch Contacts are Rated to 10 Million Cycles http://machinedesign.com/products/tactile-dome-switch-contacts-are-rated-10-million-cycles <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Snaptron, Inc. has created the SQ-Series, a new series of tactile dome switch contacts. The snap domes feature a 4-leg design that creates a square shape. Benefits to this wide design includes the domes being </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/tactile-dome-switch-contacts-are-rated-10-million-cycles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/tactile-dome-switch-contacts-are-rated-10-million-cycles#comments Products Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:56:00 +0000 41601 at http://machinedesign.com MEMS Accelerometers Ideal for Low Current Applications http://machinedesign.com/embedded/mems-accelerometers-ideal-low-current-applications <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Silicon Designs introduced the Model 1410, a family of digital pulse density output MEMS variable capacitive (VC) accelerometers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/mems-accelerometers-ideal-low-current-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/mems-accelerometers-ideal-low-current-applications#comments Products Embedded Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:34:00 +0000 41591 at http://machinedesign.com Modular Multiplexer Connects Up to 250 Devices http://machinedesign.com/embedded/modular-multiplexer-connects-250-devices <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The MSE 1000 modular multiplexer from HEIDENHAIN now features transistor–transistor logic (TTL) and inductive and analog interface modules. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/modular-multiplexer-connects-250-devices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/modular-multiplexer-connects-250-devices#comments Products Embedded Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:17:00 +0000 41571 at http://machinedesign.com Schottky Rectifier Modules Integrate Two Diodes http://machinedesign.com/products/schottky-rectifier-modules-integrate-two-diodes <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Semiconductor manufacturer, America Semiconductor, LLC, has released its high-voltage, Schottky rectifier modules. The avalanche energy rated AK2S200-170 modules combine two fully independent </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/schottky-rectifier-modules-integrate-two-diodes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/schottky-rectifier-modules-integrate-two-diodes#comments Products Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:06:00 +0000 41581 at http://machinedesign.com Device to Change the Phase Relationship of a Drive Component and the Shaft http://machinedesign.com/products/device-change-phase-relationship-drive-component-and-shaft <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Zero-Max has a new phase relationship changer, Phas-Lok. The device can change the phase relationship of a drive component and the shaft. It is designed to reduce system downtime and eliminate the need to </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/device-change-phase-relationship-drive-component-and-shaft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/device-change-phase-relationship-drive-component-and-shaft#comments Products Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:57:00 +0000 41561 at http://machinedesign.com Wireless Aluminum Keypad for Use with Bluetooth Enabled Devices http://machinedesign.com/products/wireless-aluminum-keypad-use-bluetooth-enabled-devices <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">NewerTech is now shipping its Wireless Aluminum Keypad for used with Apple keyboards. The numeric keypad features precision machined aluminum housing, Bluetooth pairing capability within </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/wireless-aluminum-keypad-use-bluetooth-enabled-devices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/wireless-aluminum-keypad-use-bluetooth-enabled-devices#comments Products Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:35:00 +0000 41551 at http://machinedesign.com Heavy Duty Connectors Include Upgraded Sizes http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-connectors-include-upgraded-sizes <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The ATHD series of heavy duty connectors from Amphenol Industrial now includes size 8 and size 12 power contacts. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-connectors-include-upgraded-sizes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-connectors-include-upgraded-sizes#comments Products Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:08:00 +0000 41541 at http://machinedesign.com Food Processing Hoses that Resist Bacteria http://machinedesign.com/products/food-processing-hoses-resist-bacteria <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Parker Hannifin’s Parflex Division has introduced High Temperature Food Processing hoses for the food and beverage industry. The hoses are FDA compliant and have a fluoropolymer tube that resists </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/food-processing-hoses-resist-bacteria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/food-processing-hoses-resist-bacteria#comments Products Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:58:00 +0000 41531 at http://machinedesign.com Courtesy of Parker Haptic Kit Features BLE to Prototype ERM Motors and LRAs http://machinedesign.com/embedded/haptic-kit-features-ble-prototype-erm-motors-and-lras <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Texas Instruments’ Haptic Bluetooth Kit (DRV2605EVM-BT) helps enable designers to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic affects. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/haptic-kit-features-ble-prototype-erm-motors-and-lras" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/haptic-kit-features-ble-prototype-erm-motors-and-lras#comments Products Embedded Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:38:00 +0000 41521 at http://machinedesign.com Designline Industrial PCs Now Come in Larger Sizes http://machinedesign.com/products/designline-industrial-pcs-now-come-larger-sizes <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Phoenix Contact has expanded its line of IP65 rated panel Designline industrial PCs with multitouch capability with the Intel Core i7 processor in 18.5 and 21.5-inch screen sizes. The original 15-inch version </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/designline-industrial-pcs-now-come-larger-sizes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/designline-industrial-pcs-now-come-larger-sizes#comments Products Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:44:00 +0000 41511 at http://machinedesign.com Courtesy of Phoenix Contact Reed Switch Features Rugged Lead-Frame Design http://machinedesign.com/products/reed-switch-features-rugged-lead-frame-design <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Coto Classic, a product line of Coto Technology, introduces its CT10-G4—a reed switch featuring 226°C process capability and is soldered to lead frame, over molded, cut, and formed. The reed switch is </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/reed-switch-features-rugged-lead-frame-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/reed-switch-features-rugged-lead-frame-design#comments Products Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:34:00 +0000 41501 at http://machinedesign.com Courtesy of Mouser 1.7 kV SiC Half Bridge Module Simplifies Two-Level Topologies http://machinedesign.com/embedded/17-kv-sic-half-bridge-module-simplifies-two-level-topologies <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cree’s all-silicon carbide (SiC) 1.7 kV half-bridge module has 8 mΩ on-resistance and is encased in a standard 62-mm housing. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/17-kv-sic-half-bridge-module-simplifies-two-level-topologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/17-kv-sic-half-bridge-module-simplifies-two-level-topologies#comments Products Embedded Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:18:00 +0000 41491 at http://machinedesign.com Transformers Feature Flexible, Open-Frame Design http://machinedesign.com/embedded/transformers-feature-flexible-open-frame-design <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Lighting Ballast Transformer Series from Innovative Power help regulate voltage to start lighting systems and regulate current for efficient operation</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/transformers-feature-flexible-open-frame-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/transformers-feature-flexible-open-frame-design#comments Products Embedded Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:52:00 +0000 41481 at http://machinedesign.com