Flexible Shafts in Aerospace Applications

An argument can be made for the flexible shaft being one of the backbones of the aerospace industry, and it isn't difficult to see why. From windshield wipers to TRAS systems to jet afterburners, flexible shafts are there ...

3D Printing: Cutting Edge Technology for the Circular Economy

The useful life of a machine should not be dictated by the availability of a single part and this is now no longer the case with the application of 3D printing. The rise of the circular economy has led to a new way to fix things.

How to Curb the Effects of Vibration on Mechanical Components

A vibration isolator functions as a harmonic oscillator. The wire rope acts as a damping element to dissipate vibrational energy. While it is not possible to eliminate vibrations entirely, an isolator diminishes transmissibility to a large extent.

Hose Failure Can Halt the Manufacturing Process … Don't Let It Happen

Preventative maintenance can have far-reaching effects, so take the necessary steps. Don't let something as small as a hydraulic hose failure cost your factory a sizable sum.

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1® Team Adds Five 3D Systems ProX® 800 SLA 3D Printers to Win the Race Against Time for Part Production

- New SLA 3D printers join Alfa Romeo Sauber F1® Team's extensive arsenal of 3D Systems SLS and SLA solutions - Alfa Romeo Sauber F1® Team's Additive Manufacturing services and expertise also available to 3rd parties

The Many Uses of Bellows

Bellows are most often used to protect critical components. Actuators used in motion control equipment are often exposed to contaminants ranging from dust and abrasive grit to metal chips and weld spatter.

Kerk Lead Screw Allows RPT Motion to Create Quick and Cost-Effective Case Packer

In order to service the four lanes, a stroke in excess of 40 inches was required and the lane changer needed to index on average every 10 seconds or less while maximizing time available for product flow.

Stäubli robotic tool change systems, quality you can count on

Recently Stäubli introduced two compact fully automatic tool change systems, the MPS 130 and the MPS 260, for the medium payload segment, Stäubli Connectors rounds off the lower end of its existing series.

Cling's Aerospace Eliminates the "Weakest Link" in Aerospace Machining

Manufacturers are increasing productivity 10-40% and reducing tooling costs by addressing an often overlooked flaw in toolholder-retention knob design.

Making a Case for Urethane Parts: 5 Key Factors to Consider

Urethane's unique properties and versatility is helping to solve some of the industry's most challenging component design issues.

Is Small Design Flaw Robbing Manufacturers of Valuable Time and Productivity in Milling Operations?

Manufacturers are increasing productivity 15-20% by addressing a flaw in toolholder-retention knob design that affects precision and increases cycle time.

How to Tell Category Data Cables Apart

The category positively correlates with the data speed. I.E. the higher the category, the higher the possible frequency and the higher the frequency, the higher the possible data rate.

A Deeper Look at "Precision" Toolholders

Quality of machining and quality control differentiates "standard" toolholders from precision.

Boeing turns to 3D-printed parts to save millions on its 787 Dreamliner

Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld: Boeing will begin using at least four 3D-printed titanium parts to construct its 787 Dreamliner aircraft and may some day rely on as many as 1,000 parts created via additive manufacturing.

Ford is trying 3D printing for car parts

Aaron Smith for CNN:  Ford (F) figures they will be lighter than their metal counterparts, and therefore more fuel efficient. The company will start with spoilers, those streamlined decorations fastened to car exteriors to make them look faster. For now, the company is testing parts for its Ford Performance race car division, but 3D-printed parts could be used for mass-market cars and trucks in the future. Ford released photos of 3D-printed parts, like the plastic molding for car interiors. The company hinted that it might one day be able to 3D-print more complicated parts, like intake manifolds. Cont'd...

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