A machined groove for the O-ring that doesn't break or flare out when tightened makes the new Anver Captured O-Ring Barbed Fitting (www.anver.com) vibration proof, says the company. Engineers there say it provides a leak-proof, tight fitting seal and retains its position. The component is designed to screw into suspensions and provide the fit of a metal-to-metal connection with the static sealing qualities of an O-ring. The grooved design reportedly simplifies installation by eliminating the need for replacement gaskets or washers because the seal is already properly positioned for a tight fit.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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