Designed for operation in confined spaces, Festo's MH1 Miniature Valves are only 10 mm wide. The 2/2-way or 3/2-way versions are compatible with the range of Festo compact cylinders, rotary actuators and slides. With up to 24 solenoids mounted on a manifold, the connections could get complicated. Festo engineers used a sub-D connector to have a compact, clean-looking valve assembly and to avoid exposed wires. The connector is part of a design option that provides protection to EN 60529. The fast-switching (4 msec response time) valves target light assembly, medical technology, semiconductor and process industries.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published two physics-based models for the selective laser melting (SLM) metals additive manufacturing process, so engineers can understand how it works at the powder and scales, and develop better parts with less trial and error.
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