Computer Aided Design Pt 3: Product Management Systems

The next section of this CAD series will cover the rise of product management services – specifically Product Data Management (PDM) solutions. CAD has drastically simplified the design phase of a product’s lifecycle. This accompanied with globalization has led to ...

Computer Aided Design Pt 1: Design Before Technology

History of CAD The first design drawings can be dated as far back to the 16th and 17th century.  Utilizing handmade tools to draw concepts and measurements.  Of course, as mankind evolved, so did the tools, eventually developing drafting tables, ...

Sliding Guides Pt 3: Components & Materials

Since there are a variety of environments and application requirements, linear bushings and shafts must accommodate for such needs.  In this post, we will display the different material types and application specifications they can be applied to. Sliding guide components ...

Sliding Guides Pt 2: Friction & Wear

Linear motion components, linear shafts and linear bushings have different features available to avoid friction.  Friction forces are generated when solid objects in contact make relative motion. It is one force linear motion must overcome for smooth movement in accurate ...

Sliding Guides Pt. 1: Introduction to Various Sliding Guides

Linear motion components can be combined to create complex or simple mechanisms for your application or machine.  Combining linear motion components linear shafts and bearings/bushings create basic sliding guides.  Sliding guides constrict the motion trajectories and moving members. Each guide ...

Working With Linear Bushings Pt 5: More Application Examples

The applications using linear bushings are infinite.  Where there is any linear movement a bushing can be used.  Diving into more applications using linear bushings we will examine ball screw drives, air cylinder drives, and even a vertical guide.  Looking ...

Working with Linear Bushings Pt 3: Length, Load, and Surface Treatment

Simple linear movement could be achieved using simple parts but as designs evolved and demand increased so did mechanical parts.  Diving into linear bushings specifically, there are a variety of types to accommodate for different loads.  Bushing length and load ...

Working with Linear Bushings Pt. 2: Bushing Comparisons

Linear guiding devices are the most frequently used motion elements on automation equipment for palletizing, transferring, positioning and assembling. Here, linear bushing application tips will be explained along with comparisons of [1] Linear Bushings, [2] Linear Guides, and [3] Plain Bushings. Comparison ...