Introduction of a new bearing liner material--FrelonGold(reg)--in Pacific Bearing's Simplicity(TM) line of bearings has resulted in twice the load rating and more than 2.5 times the life of original Frelon-lined bearings. This results in 20 times the load rating and 270 times the average life as compared to standard linear ball bearings, the company claims. FrelonGold cuts friction from Frelon's average of 0.30 to 0.125, reduces the wear rate from 0.0005 to 0.0001 per 25 million inches of travel, doubles maximum load pressure to 3000 psi, and increases speed capability from 140 sfm to 300 sfm. Like all Simplicity plain bearings, FrelonGold-lined bearings are self lubricating, self cleaning, and can accommodate any combination of linear and rotary motions. Pacific Bearing, Product Code 4235.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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