Channel your energy here
So you say you've been to the Design News website. But have you really indulged in all the resources the site has to offer you in your particular industry? The seventeen technology and market channels listed in the navigation bar at www.designnews.com feature specialized news updated daily, technology-related articles from the latest Design News issue, new products, and industry links, and associations Don't forget to check out the DN Today section in your favorite channel to read about breakthrough technology written by Design News editors immediately when they hear about it.
Robo-register your creations
Don't know what to do with your latest invention, perhaps a motorized creature made to wash the dishes AND paint the house? Register it with the Robot Directory (www.robotdirectory.org). The site indexes swimming, stationary, flying, walking, and wheeled robots, created by amateur robotic enthusiasts. The "robot viewer" highlights a particular robot and the details behind its power, propulsion system, and locomotion type.
Rolling your way
"Rolling ring" technology involves converting rotary input into linear motion output. At Amacoil/Uhing's new website (www.amacoil.com), users can download over 25 CAD drawings of rolling ring linear drive systems, get in-depth information on rolling ring technology and how it works, and view mechanical drawings. Consult the applications guide to find out what type of rolling ring linear drive is needed for particular linear motion applications. The site includes illustrated explanations displaying rolling ring operation.
Make the plastic pilgrimage
From the folks who brought you the Thomas Register, PlasticsHQ (www.plasticshq.com) is the latest of seven industry-specific web portals launched by VerdexSM, a division of Thomas Publishing Company. The site features over 200 materials and specialized equipment categories, including thermoplastics/thermosets, primary and secondary processing equipment, semi-finished and finished plastic products, and ancillary supplies and services. With a list of industry tradeshows and related news updated daily, PlasticsHQ may be the materials mecca.
Rings you can afford
Smalley Steel Ring Company presents 91 different formats to download CAD models from their website (www.smalley.com). Designed for users of wave springs and retaining rings, it includes downloadable drawings, application guides, quote requests, and a search function. The site also provides a design assistance page with illustrations for users looking to customize their rings or springs. Don't forget to either download a catalog or request a catalog and sample.
Looking for a job, still?
For engineers seeking a career in the specialized niche of optics, photonics, and imaging, don't bother with the generic engineering websites. At www.spieworks.com, job seekers can access resources maintained by the International Society for Optical Engineering. The site provides not only a list of job openings, it keeps profiles of more than 400 industry-related companies, a calendar of upcoming live and online career expos, and a free resume/CV posting area. The Technical Library allows users to search for and attach abstracts of their published work.