Give Your Design a Boost: Boost Mechanisms

A mechanism designed to generate a large force from a small force is called a boost mechanism. Mechanical components that constitute this boost mechanism include links, levers, screws, wedges, gears, and pulleys. For lightweight arms of robots, the link mechanism is ...

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 ...

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 Future of 3D Printing: Interview with MAKEiT, Inc’s CEO

For part 2 of MISUMI‘s MechLab Blog Design Spotlight series, we interviewed MAKEiT, Inc‘s CEO, Salomo Murtonen who designed their printers from the ground up.  Check out the excellent insight he gave on the present and future of 3D printing.  Don’t ...

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 ...