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.
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers.
Stratasys will be exhibiting two groundbreaking large-scale additive manufacturing technologies, as well as other new products, next month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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