Low friction and long life on a lubrication-free pivot
This is a patented pivot that doesn't use lubrication, so it will work in a vacuum or super-clean area, and with no rubbing surfaces, it will also work in an unclean atmosphere without the problems of fretting or friction. With a radial design, the pivot has low hysteresis, center shift and thermal drift. The pivot uses springs with low cyclic stress, giving it an indefinite life, perfect for those critical, hard-to-get-at areas. It's often used in oscillating mirrors, lever linkages, instrument nulling, weighing machines, bearing preloading, gimbal rings; mirror positioning, scanners, fuel controls, and pressure and vibration transducers. It has cantilever or double-ended support configuration.
In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
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