This cylinder design promises precise rod alignment with almost no rod endplay for guided linear motion, permitting less than 1/3 of a degree of rotation. The rectangular body makes mounting easier, saves space in multiple applications, and makes precise angles a breeze. It has twice the force of ordinary cylinders of the same size, using two cylinders integrated into a single housing. They come in single- and double-acting models, stroking from 1/2 to 4 inches and all with built-in, fine stroke adjustment. They come in six bore sizes ranging from 1/4 to 1/ inch. Sensor switches can be mounted with integral magnets on three sides, and other pneumatic devices can be put on the rod end plate. They also come with options like End-Keep which locks rods if there is a pressure loss, and long bushings to accept side loading.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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