USA TOLERANCE RINGS and Ididit, a manufacturer of custom steering columns for hot rod, race, show and specialty vehicles based in Tecumseh, MI, collaborated to develop a collapse ring for steering columns. The ring, designed to keep a driver safe in a front-end collision, is available chrome-plated or powder-coated and keeps the existing low-cost 16-gauge DOM tubing. A flanged tolerance ring with an advance wave configuration is fitted between the tubes and retained by the outer tube while the inner tube slips axially inside the ring. The target axial collapse force of 550 lb ± 100 lb is achieved while maintaining ease of assembly within components having a stack up tolerance of .020 inch.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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