Machine Design http://machinedesign.com/rss.xml en Gallery: Nine complex powder-metal designs http://machinedesign.com/metals/gallery-nine-complex-powder-metal-designs <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. These awards were presented during the 2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, which is run by the Metal Powder Industries Federation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/metals/gallery-nine-complex-powder-metal-designs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/metals/gallery-nine-complex-powder-metal-designs#comments Metals Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 39801 at http://machinedesign.com 3D-Printed Monster Invades Comic-Con 2014 http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printed-monster-invades-comic-con-2014-0 <div class="field-deck"> Stratasys 3D printing team builds 14-ft tall character for Comic-Con. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A team of engineers and designers, including 3D printing experts from Stratasys Ltd., Eden Prairie, Minn., put their heads together to concoct an eye-popping attraction for the 2014 Comic-Con International show in San Diego.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printed-monster-invades-comic-con-2014-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printed-monster-invades-comic-con-2014-0#comments 3D Printing Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:00 +0000 39791 at http://machinedesign.com 3D-Printed Monster Invades Comic-Con 2014 http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printed-monster-invades-comic-con-2014 <div class="field-deck"> Stratasys 3D printing team builds 14-ft tall character for Comic-Con. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A team of engineers and designers, including 3D printing experts from Stratasys Ltd., Eden Prairie, Minn., put their heads together to concoct an eye-popping attraction for the 2014 Comic-Con International show in San Diego.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printed-monster-invades-comic-con-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printed-monster-invades-comic-con-2014#comments 3D Printing Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:00 +0000 39781 at http://machinedesign.com Direct-Diode Laser Slices Through Metal http://machinedesign.com/technologies/direct-diode-laser-slices-through-metal <div class="field-deck"> The TeraBlade from TeraDiode is the first direct-diode laser powerful and focused enough to serve industry as a welder or cutter. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Start-up company TeraDiode, Wilmington, Mass., has taken technology developed in MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory to develop the first metal-cutting machine that uses only laser diodes–there are no intervening crystals for amplification or focus. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/technologies/direct-diode-laser-slices-through-metal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/technologies/direct-diode-laser-slices-through-metal#comments Technologies Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:24:00 +0000 39771 at http://machinedesign.com Boeing discriminating against older engineers? http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers <div class="node-body blog-body">One union claims that Boeing is dismantling and disbursing their experienced commercial-engineering workforce for what seem to be “laughably superficial” business reasons … but the real reason it’s moving work to Russia, India, and domestic ‘centers of excellence’ — mostly non-union locations — is for the “wholesale purge of Boeing’s older workforce.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers#comments Product Design Engineering Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:00 +0000 39761 at http://machinedesign.com How to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs: Fake them http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Sometimes news coming out of Washington D.C. seems to defy common sense. At least that was my reaction to word about a proposal to call American firms that send production offshore &ldquo;factoryless goods&rdquo; producers. The problem is that if this idea gets implemented,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">the value of U.S. brand-name products made elsewhere and imported here would be counted as manufacturing &ldquo;services&rdquo; imports, not imported goods. In other words, it would inflate figures for goods manufactured in the U.S.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them#comments factoryless goods manufacturing jobs offshoring Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 39741 at http://machinedesign.com Do Prosthetic Feet Need Feelings? http://machinedesign.com/medical/do-prosthetic-feet-need-feelings <div class="field-byline"> Stephen Mraz, Senior Editor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Prosthetic lower limbs have been very successful at replicating the needed biomechanics to get users up and walking. Yet none of them give users any sense or feeling in their artificial limbs. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/medical/do-prosthetic-feet-need-feelings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/medical/do-prosthetic-feet-need-feelings#comments Technologies Medical Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:08:00 +0000 39721 at http://machinedesign.com Linear Motor Free Piston Pumps http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/linear-motor-free-piston-pumps <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by MEDO USA Inc. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>What is the main difference between a piston pump and a diaphragm pump? What&#39;s the difference between linear motor pumps and conventional motor-driven pumps? Where are linear piston pumps used? What if the pressure exceeds the pump rated value?<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/linear-motor-free-piston-pumps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/linear-motor-free-piston-pumps#comments Design FAQs Motors/Drives Pneumatics Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:29:00 +0000 39701 at http://machinedesign.com How to Select and Size Hydraulic-Oil Coolers http://machinedesign.com/hydraulics/how-select-and-size-hydraulic-oil-coolers <div class="field-byline"> Floyd Engelking, Applications Engineer, Parker Hannifin Corp., Accumulator and Cooler Div. , Machesney Park, Ill. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Here's how to select and size hydraulic-oil coolers. (Print title: "Cool-Running Hydraulics) </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Heat kills hydraulic systems. That’s why hydraulic oil coolers are widely used in a diverse range of agricultural, mobile, manufacturing, and industrial settings. They remove excess heat generated by energy losses in a system, as well as that from external sources such as engines, furnaces, and even the surrounding environment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/hydraulics/how-select-and-size-hydraulic-oil-coolers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/hydraulics/how-select-and-size-hydraulic-oil-coolers#comments Hydraulics Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:31:00 +0000 39671 at http://machinedesign.com Proportional-directional valve http://machinedesign.com/products/proportional-directional-valve <div class="node-body article-body">The AxisPro proportional-directional valve features embedded intelligence that simplifies traditionally complex control practices; plug-and-play design reduces machine build time; and its ability to predict potential maintenance issues increases machine reliability. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/proportional-directional-valve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/proportional-directional-valve#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 39661 at http://machinedesign.com Servo terminal I/O http://machinedesign.com/products/servo-terminal-io <div class="node-body article-body">The EL7201-0010 Series servo terminal supports the direct connection of the company’s new servomotors — AM8121 (0.5 Nm), AM8122 (0.8 Nm), and AM8131 (1.13 Nm) — in which power and feedback signals are combined in one standard motor cable.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/servo-terminal-io" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/servo-terminal-io#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 39651 at http://machinedesign.com Ceramic pushbutton switches http://machinedesign.com/products/ceramic-pushbutton-switches <div class="node-body article-body">The MSM LA CS is a metal pushbutton switch with a ceramic actuator surface. The biocompatible on/off switch can be backlit across the entire surface. Encased in a stainless-steel housing, the switch has an actuator made of durable ceramic to resist scratches and abrasive chemicals as well as impact; it can also be labeled with highly durable legends.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/ceramic-pushbutton-switches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/ceramic-pushbutton-switches#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:51:00 +0000 39641 at http://machinedesign.com Software offers increased machine control, capabilities http://machinedesign.com/products/software-offers-increased-machine-control-capabilities <div class="node-body article-body">Kollmorgen Automation Suite (KAS) software v2.8 and AKD servodrive platform firmware v1.12 provide twice the control performance and allow system-wide third-party product configuration. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/software-offers-increased-machine-control-capabilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/software-offers-increased-machine-control-capabilities#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:47:00 +0000 39631 at http://machinedesign.com Push-to-connect fitting http://machinedesign.com/products/push-connect-fitting <div class="node-body article-body">A new line of composite push-to-connect fittings combines plastic with existing metal barbed fittings and includes specialty items such as union branches and tube-to-stem elbow reducers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/push-connect-fitting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/push-connect-fitting#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:42:00 +0000 39621 at http://machinedesign.com Noncontact seal for vertical shafts http://machinedesign.com/products/noncontact-seal-vertical-shafts <div class="node-body article-body">The Noncontact Centritec seal is being used in vertical shafts for rotating machinery. The seal has the same centrifugal pressure principles as its horizontal counterpart except it has a sump that collects lubrication when the equipment is not running. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/noncontact-seal-vertical-shafts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/noncontact-seal-vertical-shafts#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 39611 at http://machinedesign.com High data-rate Ethernet cables http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/high-data-rate-ethernet-cables <div class="node-body article-body">With the need for higher data-rate capacity in the aerospace market, new lightweight, flexible, and routable Ethernet cables are bundled in a unique jacket material that provides the high speed and light weight necessary.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/high-data-rate-ethernet-cables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/high-data-rate-ethernet-cables#comments Products Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:29:00 +0000 39601 at http://machinedesign.com Modular valves http://machinedesign.com/products/modular-valves <div class="node-body article-body">The NITRA line now includes the CMV Series of compact modular valves. The valves are enclosed in a reinforced technopolymer protective shell that acts as a shock absorber and helps keeps dirt out. The shell’s smooth, rounded design makes it suitable for applications requiring frequent washing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/modular-valves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/modular-valves#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:18:00 +0000 39591 at http://machinedesign.com Substrate-based thin-film circuits http://machinedesign.com/products/substrate-based-thin-film-circuits <div class="node-body article-body">A new substrate-based additive fabrication technique eliminates the sloping caused during traditional chemical etching, which results in performance variations and yield issues. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/substrate-based-thin-film-circuits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/substrate-based-thin-film-circuits#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:13:00 +0000 39581 at http://machinedesign.com High-torque synchronous drives http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/high-torque-synchronous-drives <div class="node-body article-body">The Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system offers high torque and low maintenance with less overhung load than V-belt drives. The HT500 belts offer longer life in wet/oily environments than their rubber counterparts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/high-torque-synchronous-drives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/high-torque-synchronous-drives#comments Products Motors/Drives Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:00 +0000 39571 at http://machinedesign.com Key selector switches http://machinedesign.com/products/key-selector-switches <div class="node-body article-body">Robust 22-mm heavy-duty metal key selector switches are available in several combinations: two or three pole, momentary, or maintained. They can be keyed alike or different, and to enhance security, several types of key-removal options are available. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/key-selector-switches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/key-selector-switches#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:00 +0000 39561 at http://machinedesign.com Thin-walled diaphragms http://machinedesign.com/products/thin-walled-diaphragms <div class="node-body article-body">Custom-designed and injection-molded liquid-silicone-rubber (LSR) thin-walled diaphragms are for medical-device applications that require high strength and flexibility. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/thin-walled-diaphragms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/thin-walled-diaphragms#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 39551 at http://machinedesign.com Coiled pins http://machinedesign.com/products/coiled-pins <div class="node-body article-body">Coiled pins come in three “duties” letting designers choose the optimum combination of strength, flexibility, and diameter to accommodate different host materials and application requirements. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/coiled-pins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/coiled-pins#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:54:00 +0000 39541 at http://machinedesign.com Wireless pulse data logger http://machinedesign.com/products/wireless-pulse-data-logger <div class="node-body article-body">The OM-CP-RFPULSE2000A pulse data logger has wireless two-way communication with pulse input for monitoring wind speed, energy, or flow rate. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/wireless-pulse-data-logger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/wireless-pulse-data-logger#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:42:00 +0000 39521 at http://machinedesign.com IP wall controllers http://machinedesign.com/products/ip-wall-controllers <div class="node-body article-body">The stand-alone, N-Touch N8300-Series wall-plate controllers send commands to multiple IP clients with the push of a button. The Series consists of the N8301 and N8302 dual-gang IP controllers that have nine programmable tactile buttons with a 3.5-in. display. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/ip-wall-controllers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/ip-wall-controllers#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:16:00 +0000 39511 at http://machinedesign.com Product Spotlight: Actuators, Controls, and Drives http://machinedesign.com/products/product-spotlight-actuators-controls-and-drives <div class="node-body gallery-body">Latest in actuators, controls, and drives.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/product-spotlight-actuators-controls-and-drives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/product-spotlight-actuators-controls-and-drives#comments Products Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:03:00 +0000 39501 at http://machinedesign.com Making Product Development More Innovative http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/making-product-development-more-innovative <div class="node-body article-body">For at least the past 10 years, innovation has been the mantra of western companies. To get that innovation, corporations have often appended and/or pulled activities out of their product-development process (PDP) rather than build innovation into their process. There are numerous examples.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/making-product-development-more-innovative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/making-product-development-more-innovative#comments Guest Commentary Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:54:00 +0000 39491 at http://machinedesign.com Another debunking of the U.S. Engineering Shortage http://machinedesign.com/blog/another-debunking-us-engineering-shortage <div class="node-body blog-body">Another nail in the myth of an engineering shortage</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/another-debunking-us-engineering-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/another-debunking-us-engineering-shortage#comments Engieering shortage lack of STEM workers A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:26:00 +0000 39451 at http://machinedesign.com Five Cost-Cutting Powder-Metal Part Designs http://machinedesign.com/metals/five-cost-cutting-powder-metal-part-designs <div class="field-deck"> Can’t decide between machining and 3D printing? Powder-metallurgy techniques might be your answer. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Deciding between machining and 3D printing may point you to powder-metallurgy processes. Powder metal parts are complex so they cut weight, yet they can be produced in large quantities and have proven higher strength and quality over 3D-printed parts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/metals/five-cost-cutting-powder-metal-part-designs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/metals/five-cost-cutting-powder-metal-part-designs#comments Automotive Medical Metals Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 39461 at http://machinedesign.com Designing In-Hub Brushless Motors http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/designing-hub-brushless-motors <div class="field-byline"> Lowell Christensen, Founder, Vice President of Engineering, TruTech Specialty Motors, Plymouth, Minn. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Electric motors formatted to fit inside the wheel of a vehicle have their own special constraints that impact the design of propulsion systems. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In-hub motors have been widely used in bicycles and scooters and are now expanding into small electric transport carts and small recreational vehicles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/designing-hub-brushless-motors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/designing-hub-brushless-motors#comments Automotive Motors/Drives Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 39441 at http://machinedesign.com Protecting Products with Design Patents http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/protecting-products-design-patents <div class="field-byline"> Virginia L. Carron, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett &amp; Dunner LLP, Atlanta, Ga. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Companies have long relied on utility patents and trademarks to protect their innovations. But companies should also consider adding design patents to their intellectual-property (IP) strategy. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/protecting-products-design-patents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/protecting-products-design-patents#comments Guest Commentary Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:16:00 +0000 39431 at http://machinedesign.com