MOTION CONTROL: Steinmeyer Inc. has announced a new product to its extensive line of miniature ball screws. These 5-mm diameter screws are the perfect solution in applications such as micromanipulators, miniature robotics and compact actuators. Available in four nut styles: series 1112 single nut with connecting thread without wipers; series 1412 is a single nut with double flange and wipers on both ends; series 1214 is a cylindrical nut without wipers; and series 2422 is the company’s “quiet line” series, with a single nut that uses end-cap ball returns manufactured from plastic rather than metal tubes, making the screw virtually noiseless. All are available with leads ranging from 0.5 3 mm and offer a maximum speed of 4500 RPM.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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