There are lots of kids on our street. And apparently one of the most popular toys at the moment is the scooter. These scooters actually contain compression springs, did you know that?
The market for ‘cobots’ (collaborative robots) just keep growing and is expected to keep doing so with more than 40% every year. It’s mostly focus on the automotive industry where the usage area. Compared to other robots the new ‘cobots’ are smaller, smarter and more flexible. I’m sure we will see them in the spring manufacturing industry (for example compression springs) soon as well.
This is a stressball that can visually can determine your stress level. The ball measure the skin conduction with an external sensor. The prototype was 3D printed and included 580 nobs on the outer shell and every single nob is installed with a compression spring.
(Images courtesy of simone schramm)
Have you ever been to the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics fair in Farnborough? This year’s event was held last week and of course the spring industry had representatives in place. And they showed up some great examples of compression springs. It makes such a difference when you get to see the real deal instead of just pictures all the time.
If the components are too expensive – mold your own. At least that’s what two american engineers did which ended up in a new desktop injection molding machines. The new desktop machine is a competitor to 3D printers and has a compression spring, among other features.
A few years ago I read about this project with compression springs used in cleaning system for crankcase gases. The design project was very long to really make the perfect spring solutions for the separators. In the end three different types of compression springs were sent to the customer. Both sides happy of the technological development.
Spring materials can be a jungle and the making the right choice is crucial from the beginning. Steel, stainless, super alloys, titanium etc. Add modern equipment (for e.g. compression springs), experienced production teams and experts. Make sure you can keep the highest level of quality and productivity to ride off into the sunset.