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.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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