Category Archives: mechanical engineering

Slimline Friction Hinges

We have been involved in an aerospace project where space inside the cabin is at a premium. Our specific flavor of friction hinges is suited specifically for small doors, panels, lids and safety covers that cannot rattle around or pivot … Continue reading

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Rotary Viscous Dampers And Temperature

As a mechanical engineer reading this blog you should be aware of ambient temperature and it’s effect on the motion of a MMT rotary damper. We usually test the designs in a chamber setup to simulate the customers application. Even … Continue reading

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Rotary Viscous Damper with a One-Way Clutch

One on the popular techniques for controlling damping direction in our Rotary Viscous Damper is using a one way wrap spring clutch. This mechanism has 4 major advantages : zero back-lash, slimline, low cost and high strength. We implement a … Continue reading

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Product Integration and Rotary Viscous Dampers

In general one of the most difficult steps in designing a system or product is integrating components together especially for small footprint products like laptop computers or low profile items where unobtrusiveness is required. Nobody wants a portable product with … Continue reading

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Rapid, Functional Prototypes for Friction Hinges and Rotary VIscous Dampers

I have been talking quite a bit about 3d printing and engineering prototypes.  We have been working on streamlining the process from concept to functional prototypes for a while now and new prototypes are rapidly coming to fruition. As most engineers know … Continue reading

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Advantages of Friction Hinges

A new dawn of friction hinges has emerged. The reason for the major step in innovation is due to the availability of advanced engineering plastics which meet or exceed pure steel friction devices.  Also because of the emergence of rapid … Continue reading

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Friction Hinges, Rotary Viscous Dampers & the One-Way Clutch

I recently was approached for a special application which required damping and/or friction in one rotary direction and close to zero resistance in the opposite direction. It made me realize that I should start highlighting the options available for the … Continue reading

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Rotary Viscous Dampers, Safety and Vibrations

In the engineering design field we come across situations where we wouldn’t think vibrations could cause a major problem.  One case being tilt switches. Usually a pendulum type actuator is used in a safety circuit to release a held down cutoff … Continue reading

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Damping hinges and Aerospace Industry

We currently provide damping hinges, specifically rotary viscous dampers for in cabin use in the Aerospace industry. The reason we are successful in this area is that our proprietary design is highly resistant to vibrations. This means no noise during … Continue reading

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More 3D Printing Friction Hinges and Rotary Viscous Dampers

I have been exploring more avenues in 3D printing.  Currently I have built a Prusa i3 3D printer to fabricate dampers and friction hinges. I choose this type of printer because it allows more parts to be built per square … Continue reading

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