New 3D-printing resin creates static-dissipative parts
The new xESD resin from Nexa3D, a leading maker of ultrafast professional and industrial polymer 3D printers, is a rigid photoplastic material with a stable carbon nanotube dispersion that delivers optimal static-dissipative performance and isotropic mechanical properties, which are required by the electronics manufacturing industry. The xESD resin allows users to create custom jigs, fixtures, grippers, assembly aides, and enclosures in hours without the risk of ESD damage to high-value electronic components. Available for NXE Pro series printers and the XiP desktop 3D printer.
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Test your knowledge: High-temp adhesives
Put your knowledge to the test by trying to answer these key questions on how to choose the right high temperature-resistant adhesive. The technical experts from Master Bond cover critical information necessary for the selection process, including questions on glass transition temperature and service temperature range. Some of the answers may surprise even the savviest of engineers.
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Next-gen controlled pneumatics from Festo
Festo's controlled pneumatics combines proportional technology, sensors, and control algorithms to form a control loop. These are mechatronic pneumatic systems with innovative valve and communication technologies that enable digital influence in conjunction with closed-loop control based on a sensor variable. This creates new areas of application, especially for pressure and flow control. Learn about digitized pneumatics in tire manufacturing and how piezo technology increases valve life in wafer manufacturing.
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Standard parts in hygienic design from JW Wico
JW Winco has developed a complete product family of special standard parts that combine minimal contamination tendency with optimum cleaning ability to meet the highest sanitary standards. The new GN 6226 spacers, which avoid duplicate mounting surfaces, join the existing range of knobs, U-handles, hand levers, indexing plungers, latches, cover sleeves, leveling feet, and screws. In all cases, stainless steel with vibratory finished or polished surfaces is used as the material.
Small valves prevent big blowups
Smart Products USA says their best example of a true relief valve can be found in Models #103 and #109. Available as a 1/8" Male NPT style, these valves are easily placed into plastic, metal, or other materials with absolutely no tubing involved. While the majority of the company's valves function as both a check and pressure-relief flow control option, Models #103 and #109 are more suited to only relieve pressure. When pressure builds to a designated PSI level, this spring-loaded valve responds and allows flow of liquids/gasses slowly to prevent blowups or damage.
Great Resources: EXAIR Case Study Library
Learn how EXAIR compressed air-operated products improved production rates, lowered defects, increased safety, and provided quick ROI. Each of the more than 40 studies includes an application goal, the process problems before EXAIR, and the final improvements achieved. EXAIR's real-world gains include dollars saved, SCFM saved, decibels lowered, quality improvements, and more.
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New igus polymer spherical ball strengthens food safety
To make food-processing facilities and machinery even safer, igus, the Germany-based manufacturer of motion plastics, has launched a new standard in the form of the high-performance plastic iglide A181 as a spherical ball material for the igubal Food Contact (FC) joint system. Moving on stainless steel shafts, the spherical cap is three times more wear resistant than the previous version made from iglide FC180. It also costs 25% less and is self-lubricating, maintenance-free, and FDA and EU 10/2011 compliant.
Photo-chemical etching: What design engineers need to know
Dr. Angel Lopez, director of Business Development at micrometal GmbH, one of Europe's leading photo-chemical etching providers, discusses what considerations design engineers need to bear in mind when working with this versatile and sophisticated metal machining technology that produces complex and feature-rich metal parts and components that are burr and stress free.
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Honing a life-saver for aerospace component maker
Fuse pins are designed to hold a jet engine on a wing, but to break away in emergency situations, allowing the engine to separate from the wing to prevent catastrophic structural failure and fires. Learn how Sonic Industries relies on Sunnen's SV-1000 honing system to produce the 5- to 7-micron ID tolerance and proprietary finish critical to this part's performance. The CNC-controlled SV-1000 allowed Sonic to meet ramped-up customer demand when it replaced a manual honing system, decreasing cycle times dramatically and increasing part production.
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Adhesives for titanium: Lap shear strength tests
When it comes to bonding titanium to itself or to other substrates, Master Bond has formulated a range of reliable, high-strength adhesives that yielded excellent results when tested for their lap shear strength using titanium substrates. Titanium is known for its high strength, corrosion resistance, and heat transfer properties. See the results of which epoxies performed the best when also considering different processing and operation conditions.
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One Touch Fasteners slash set-up times
Quick-release One Touch Fasteners from Fixtureworks provide quick and easy locking and unlocking for fixture plates, covers, machine components, and more. These quarter-turn clamping fasteners have clearly visible ON and OFF markings and are ideal for fast-changeover applications and frequent disassembly, providing reliable hold up to 100 lb. Lots of versions available, including standard, retractable, heavy duty, and knob- and button-locking pins.
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Desktop Metal qualifies nickel alloy Inconel 625 for 3D printing on Studio System 2
3D-printer maker Desktop Metal has qualified the use of the nickel alloy Inconel 625 (IN625) for its Studio System, an office-friendly metal additive manufacturing system that prints high-performance metal parts in low volumes for pre-production and end-use applications. IN625 is a high-performance alloy known for high levels of strength, temperature resistance, and corrosion resistance.
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6 advanced FDM 3D-printing tips when adding metal parts to your build
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D-printing machines use thermoplastic resins and strong, tough materials for real applications. Learn from the experts at TriMech how to prepare for incorporating metal parts such as bushings, hex nuts, roller chain, and rods into FDM builds to create complicated parts that need to stand up to repeated use.
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Electromagnetic interference O-rings case study
Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) recently supplied hot vulcanized EMI (electromag-netic interference) O-rings to a company that needed to replace EMI gaskets that had failed EMC testing. EMI O-rings made of electrically conductive silicones combine reliable environmental sealing and broad temperature resistance with proven levels of shielding against EMI. Learn how hot vulcanizing with a conductive adhesive, the joining process that SSP uses, eliminates EMI leakage and a "hard spot" where ends are joined using a non-conductive adhesive.
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5 new manufacturing options from Xometry
Get the parts you need made fast and at a great price. Xometry has added five new manufacturing options to their quoting engine: Die Casting, Metal Extrusion, Metal Stamping, Laser Tube Cutting, and Tube Bending. Experts will manually quote these options and work closely with you to ensure the best outcome and success. Get your quote today, and get started on your next metal production order.
New copper coating could be the next superbug fighter
A new copper coating that kills bacteria quicker and in greater amounts than current formulations could soon be available for hospitals and other high-traffic facilities.
Although current formulations made of pure copper are antibacterial and self-sanitizing, they kill certain types of bacteria with a thicker cell wall (gram-positive bacteria) more slowly than bacteria with a thinner cell wall (gram-negative).
A team of University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers in Canada, led by Dr. Amanda Clifford, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Engineering, have designed a nano-copper coating that includes bacteria-killing nanoscale features and zinc. The nanoscale features are tiny bumps that can kill bacteria by rupturing their cell wall. Zinc, which is also antibacterial, selectively oxidizes in the presence of copper and helps kill bacteria more quickly compared to pure copper alone.
"Use of our coating could significantly reduce the incidence of contracting bacterial infections from high-touch surfaces in healthcare facilities, such as doorknobs and elevator buttons, since it kills bacteria using multiple approaches," said Clifford. "As it contains less copper than other existing coatings or whole copper parts, it would also be cheaper to make."
The team found that the material took just one hour to kill 99.7% of Staphylococcus aureus -- a gram-positive pathogen commonly responsible for hospital-acquired infections -- compared with two hours for pure copper.
"Not only does this coating kill pathogens faster than pure copper, it helps ensure antibiotics remain effective," said Clifford. "By using this new formulation, we're killing pathogens before patients become infected and need to use antibiotics against them, slowing the rise of antibiotic resistance."
The researchers have filed a provisional patent for the coating and fabrication process, which is described in a new paper in Advanced Materials Interfaces.
"This is currently targeted for hospitals and healthcare settings, because these locations are where the antibiotic-resistant pathogens, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are an issue. We also don't want to be at a place where we can't use antibiotics," said Clifford.
The team plans to evaluate the material against other pathogens further, such as viruses, with hopes to eventually commercialize their work.
Contact information for Dr. Clifford can be found here.
Source: University of British Columbia
Published August 2022
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