4 Steps for Selecting a Mini-Conveyor

If your facility requires you to transport heavy or bulky materials or products then you are either using or looking to purchase a conveyor systems. Conveyors have various benefits which make them an ideal solution across a range of industries. ...

Gears Part I: Backlash & Ratios

Gear 101 In this series, you’ll learn about the different types of Gears, optimal uses of each, as well as some advantages and disadvantages of using the different kinds of gear. So, let’s start with a basic question. What are gears? Gears ...
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3D Printing Bill of Materials

We previously talked about Getting Started with 3D Printing, and Finding the Right Modeling Program, but what if you’re ready to get serious about 3D printing? Well, we’ve compiled a basic  shopping list to get you started. This is by ...
Rusted Bolt Corrosion Metal

Corrosion Resistance Standards and How to Use Them

Everyone has experienced the pain and suffering of trying to remove a rusted bolt or nut. Unfortunately, the hardware store definition of “corrosion-resistant” and the actual definition can vary greatly. It’s common knowledge that most non-exotic materials will corrode with ...

Application Examples: Couplings

Back in July we shared some application examples for linear shafts. The post was wildly popular so we thought we’d share some application examples for couplings. Though couplings are well known and commonly used components in many rotary motion applications, ...
Linear Shafts

How to Choose between Linear Shafts, Posts, and Rotary Shafts

You may have heard the terms “linear shaft”, “post”, and “rotary shaft” before, but what are the differences between these terms, and which applications should you use them in? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Introduction Linear shafts, posts, and ...
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Sliding Guides, Part 2: Linear Bushings vs. Linear Guides

In the introduction to our sliding guides series, we looked at different types of guides and their various applications. This article will focus on the specific differences between linear bushings and linear guides. There are many options for each of ...
Carbon Steel

The Difference Between Carbon Steels

The world of carbon steels can be challenging to wrap your head around. There are many different options to choose from, and each type of steel has different benefits. The main differentiating factor is the amount of carbon that is ...

Design Application Examples Using Linear Shafts

Whether you’re building a new machine or considering making modifications on an existing machine, engineering effort, cost and time are all factors that should be heavily considered before beginning any new project. Why not take a cue from some of ...
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Sliding Guides: Part 1

In this series, we are going to look at sliding guides – what are they and how to use them. We’ll start with an introduction and then move onto other topics as the series progresses. In a nutshell, sliding guides are ...