UPDATE MAKEiT, Inc: Project Bigfoot

This week we catch up with our friends at MAKEiT, Inc on their project Bigfoot as well as their new technology. Check out how MISUMI Aluminum Extrusion, bearings and shafts gave them the precision they needed to create their 3D printed ...

Surface Finishes: Hard Chrome Plating

The most common and long-established method of decorative plating on steel is copper-nickel-chrome plating also known as ‘chrome plating’. In recent years, nickel-chrome plating (semi-bright + bright plating) is also common for its superior corrosion resistance and aesthetic properties. These ...

Surface Finishes: Heat Treatments

Heat treatment is a type of surface treatment that includes hardening and thermal diffusion. Both use heating to apply the surface treatments to the work piece. There are two types of heat treatments hardening and thermal diffusion. In this post, ...

Surfaces Finishes: Electroless Plating

Electroless plating is a chemical plating technique used to deposit a layer of metal plating without using an outside electrical energy source to charge the plating bath. Unlike electroplating where metal is deposited on objects by reduction precipitation using a ...

Surface Finishes: Anodizing

“Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish.” -Aluminum Anodizers Council Anodizing is one of the most environmentally friendly processes in the coating industry. Since it is not a metal ...

The Technique of Losing Weight: Part Two

Strength and Shape Design Considerations After looking at ways to use different plastics instead of metal in last week’s post, we will examine shape and material in this week’s post. Weight reduction is a design task assigned to many engineers, ...

The Technique of Losing Weight: Part One

In response to concerns about global warming and depletion of subterranean resources such as petroleum oil, the automobile industry is rapidly shifting from gasoline-based cars to hybrid and electric cars. As a CO2 emissions-reduction measure, many countries are competing to make ...

One for All: Universal Design

“Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” -architect Ronald L. Mace. This design concept began in the 1950s in ...

Belt Driven Actuators: Loads and Speeds

Actuators are systems used to control or drive a load. There are pneumatic, hydraulic and electric actuators, all utilizing mechanical parts to move a load. A category of electric actuators are belt actuators and belt drive systems. Belt drive systems ...

Sitting Down with Mini-Conveyors: Q&A

We sat down with MISUMI configurable mini-conveyors and got the nitty-gritty on some deep topics. You will find answers to some great questions from them! Read on! You may learn something new. Q1: Can the conveyor belt direction be reversed? Belt ...