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 •  November 10

Plastic gearing has been increasing in usage as designers better understand their benefits and limitations. These gears can be produced by hobbing or stamping or, for large-volume runs, by induction molding. Some of the key benefits of plastics in the production of gearing are: Reduced weight and lower inertia due to the lower density of the...

Machine Design

 •  November 3

Industry Week had many things to show off, and 3D printing manufacturers didn’t disappoint. Fira de Barcelona—Barcelona’s Industry Week—was the site of around 850 international speakers and more than 50,000 professionals exhibiting innovative technology from around the globe. The event brought together many things, but this particular list is about 3D printing.

Machine Design

 •  October 17

Machine Design recently traveled to the motion control company’s home base to see its plastic motion parts in action. For mechanical engineers trained to create and design motion control systems with conventional materials—like steel and aluminum—it is difficult to envision these systems operating with different materials. And it’s this design norm...

Machine Design

 •  October 13

A production line can only move as fast as the parts used to support it. Whether it is a conveyor system, a belt, or a sorting bin, using the right actuators, linear guide rails, and bearings will result in a more efficient manufacturing process. A recent case study out of Johannesburg, South Africa, highlights the need to implement proper support...

Machine Design

 •  September 21

Growth in 3D printing marches on at an annual 26% clip. While new printers keep increasing the print speeds and range of materials that can be used, data on recycling these materials has been sparse. In July 2017, CNBC reported the world has produced over 9 billion tons of plastic since the 1950s, and only about 9% was recycled. If 3D printing is...

Machine Design

 •  September 14

Control cables increasingly have to withstand temperature extremes in applications such as food and beverage machines, industrial ovens, furnaces, foundries, and industrial process equipment. These applications can subject the cable to continuous-use temperatures as low as −50°C and as high as 180°C. For these environmental conditions, customers...

Machine Design

 •  September 8

Let’s take a look into three different case studies from Rollon Corp. on how to design with linear motion bearings and how they can help improve a factory floor. The ability to mount and move equipment is essential to any modern manufacturing plant. Many factory and machine setups have doors, cages, containers, and panels that move to allow workers...

Machine Design

 •  August 8

Plastic bearings frequently outperform metal bearings, including when strength and durability are essential to the application. Some engineers are hesitant about using plastic bearings in their designs. Many of them, having trusted metal and bronze bearings for years, don’t feel the need to make a switch. Others are simply under the impression that plastics aren’t capable of...

Machine Design

 •  August 2

Large corporations like Volkswagen are taking advantage of printing on-demand, and in turn seriously cutting tool-development times and costs. Over the course a decade, a myriad of changes transform industries across the board, and 3D printing has certainly seen its share. Though 3D printing has never been short on innovation, only a small group of...

Machine Design

 •  July 17

It’s inevitable: Unless you only 3D print single objects, sooner or later you are likely going to have to connect several printed pieces together. Bonding those materials together is an easy endeavor and has many benefits, the most obvious of which being the ability to create objects that are larger than the print bed of most desktop machines—such...