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  • The Not-So-Boring Side of Machine Boring

    The Not-So-Boring Side of Machine Boring

    • March 2, 2019

    While the word “boring” is most commonly used to describe a dull, monotonous or otherwise uninteresting task, it also refers to a machining process in which an existing hole in a workpiece is expanded using a boring machine. Machine boring has been around since the mid- to late 1700s, during which American entrepreneur John Wilkinson

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  • 5 Benefits of Membrane Switches

    5 Benefits of Membrane Switches

    • March 1, 2019

    Electrical switches are an essential component used in electronic devices. Their primary purpose is to control a circuit using a basic “on” and “off” mechanism. When an electrical switch is turned on, the circuit is complete and thus powered. When it’s turned off, the circuit is closed and thus not powered. While mechanical switches are

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  • Understanding Airplane Stalls

    Understanding Airplane Stalls

    • February 28, 2019

    There are some key differences to understanding the difference between a stall in your car and a stall in an airplane. When your car stalls, it slows until it comes to a complete stop. When an airplane stalls, it stops flying and starts dropping. The forces that must act in concert for a plane to

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  • Who Invented The Rivet? A “Riveting” Bit Of Aviation History.

    Who Invented The Rivet? A “Riveting” Bit Of Aviation History.

    • February 28, 2019

    The Rivet is as critical to airplane construction as the lightweight aluminum from which they are made. It did not take long for engineers to determine that the dome head rivet was causing a lot of drag, leading to the development of the flush rivet. History gives Howard Hughes credit for both the butt joint

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  • What Is an Electromagnet?

    What Is an Electromagnet?

    • February 28, 2019

    From stereo speakers and computer hard drives to heavy lifting devices and power generators, electromagnets are used in a variety of applications. They are called “electromagnets” because they rely on an electrical current to produce a magnetic field. This is in stark contrast to conventional magnets, also known as permanent magnets, that do not rely

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