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Advanced Passive Thermal Management Technologies for Power Electronics: Solutions to Reduce Noise, Power Consumption, and Operating Costs

Components housed within power electronic devices continue to shrink in size and increase in power. This trend results in high heat flux components integrated into small packages; driving the need for enhanced thermal management to ensure high performance and long life for the devices. Properly managing the thermal loads within these systems can be challenging; and traditional solutions of larger pumps and fans result in more noise and higher power consumption.

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Data Acquisition Software

Microstar Laboratories (Bellevue, WA) has announced DAPtools version 6.30 for its line of Data Acquisition Processor products. Though primarily intended for improved compatibility with Windows 10, the new DAPtools Software also provides some significant new features. Among these are: noninvasive monitoring of host-to-DAP board communications, more control over numerical representations in embedded calculations, multi-channel digital filtering capabilities, new advanced processing modules for data-driven synchronization, and updated support for MATLAB and Python software environments. Click here to learn more.

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Tech-Clarity Perspective: Reducing Non-Value Added Work in Engineering

Mid-Size manufacturers in aerospace and defense continually seek ways to improve competitiveness. Removing inefficient systems and finding ways for engineers to remove non-value added tasks frees up time to focus on innovation, saving both time and money. In the Tech Clarity whitepaper, “Reducing Non-Value Added Work in Engineering,” founder and president of analyst firm Tech Clarity, Jim Brown, shares survey results from over 250 manufacturers. The Tech Clarity survey identifies the efficiency traits of industry top performers. The paper analyzes the results and ways to streamline and improve processes to stay ahead of the competition in a global competitive environment. Download now to learn more.

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Product of the Month

Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, introduced the J750 3D printer that produces full-color, multi-material prototypes and parts in a single 3D print without post-processing. Users can choose from more than 360,000 different color shades plus multiple material properties ranging from rigid, to flexible and opaque, to transparent. Prototypes such as tooling, molds, jigs, and fixtures can include an array of colors, materials, and material properties in the same part. The printer is supported with PolyJet Studio™ software that allows users to choose materials, optimize the build, and manage print queues. Assignment of colors, transparencies, and rigidity is accomplished via familiar design controls. Color textures can be loaded fully intact via VRML files imported from CAD tools. Featuring a large, six-material capacity, the printer keeps the most-used resins loaded for printing.

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Chemical Machining of Titanium – A Burr Free, Stress Free and Faster process!

Chemical machining of Titanium is a lower cost alternative to producing components with bonus advantages as well! Titanium is an excellent material used historically with Aerospace and Defense applications. The use of Titanium for medical applications has also grown over the past few decades as its properties are biocompatible with the human body and, of course, its mechanical strength & weight provide premium advantages as well.

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Using UV LEDs to Cure Fiber Optic Cables

UV spot curing systems have been used in assembly processes for over 30 years. Historically, mercury arc lamps have been the curing source however, LED technology has recently advanced to where it provides a valuable solution for UV curing.

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New Technique Could Improve Detection of Concealed Nuclear Materials

Schematic shows how a fan-like beam of gamma particles created by an ion accelerator would pass through a shielded radioactive material inside a cargo container, and be measured on the other side with Cherenkov quartz detectors. (Courtesy Anna Erickson) Researchers have demonstrated proof of concept for a novel low-energy nuclear reaction imaging technique designed to detect the presence of “special nuclear materials” – weapons-grade uranium and plutonium – in cargo containers arriving at U.S. ports. The method relies on a combination of neutrons and high-energy photons to detect shielded radioactive materials inside the containers.

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