All of the NAAMS Pt 2: The Shim Sham Shuffle

The shim sham shuffle is actually a well-known tap dance combination and has nothing to do with NAAMS.  It was just a fitting title for the topic covered in this blog post.  In this post, we will discuss Shims & ...

All of the NAAMS Pt 1: What is NAAMS?

NAAMS stands for North American Automotive Metric Standard.  The official full name is NAAMS Global Standard Components and Assemblies.  The evolution of NAAMS begins in 1991 out of 2 initiatives from the Auto/Steel Partnership.  They were looking for ways to ...

Computer Aided Design Pt 5: Powerful Simulations

The powerful engineering analysis tools made possible thanks to significant advances in computational technology are now being unleashed on the non-traditional, “out of the box” problems that have mystified whole fields of science and engineering technology until now.   In this ...

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 ...