Large moments caused by non-axial loads can shorten the service life and damage the performance of pneumatic actuators. To address that problem, engineers from Bimba Manufacturing Co. have designed the PneuMoment pneumatic cylinder. PneuMoment's large bearing surfaces are designed to resist high side loads and large moments. The unit, which is available in a 27-mm bore size, offers standard side and end ports for easy plumbing. An optional auxiliary port allows air or vacuum through the actuator from the guide beam end cap to connect additional automation devices, such as grippers. Bimba Manufacturing Co: Product Code 4189.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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