Quite an interesting post, and on a topic that I have not studied much. It certainly required a bit of insight to understand what the changes had to be, and it is interesting that the techs assumed that the part needd to be redesigned. That is the sort of attitude that comes with not understanding just what is happening with a process. Of course, if they understood as much as the engineer then they would be designing the parts instead of testing them.
It sounds like the rotor being tested must have been fairly small for setscrews to be equal to any signifigant portion of the mass of the part.
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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