Category Archives: Profile Rail Systems and Runner Blocks

Linear Motion 101 – Learn From the Pros

Just a click away are over 20 linear motion videos.  Want to learn the basics of a ball screw jack?  Perhaps, you need to load a standard ball nut?

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Making Motion Happen


All Your Equations In One Place


When a linear motion solution is in place & running, it’s easy for the casual observer to think it looks easy. That’s what our industry is all about; making the difficult or even impossible look easy.

But what few people outside the industry realize is just how much work needs to go into the design of a successful linear motion system. The old adage “Measure twice, cut once” doesn’t even begin to cover all the variables, that have to be dealt with.

Now, a new app looks to make that successful design at least a little easier. The Design Guide Pro not only offers selectors for Bevel Gears, Worm Gear Jacks, Bearings and Electric Cylinders, but it also has a calculator section. Here, you’ll find tools to help you establish Energy, Critical Speed, Column Load, Torque and Nut Life as well as helping with Unit Conversions.

All in the palm of your hand. Check it out today by clicking here.


3D Printers – Leading the 3rd Industrial Revolution

Late last year, Design World editor, Danielle Collins, posted a great article about the “3rd Industrial Revolution.”

News flash—we’re in it, and 3D printers are leading the way.

Costs are coming down almost as fast as accuracy is increasing. From the industrial creation of finished parts, to the maker movement-led DIY creation of home models, 3D printers are increasingly becoming a more viable technology across different industries and applications.

Collins sorts printers into 3 basic categories, each with unique offerings and challenges:

  • Desktop
    • Generally 10x10x10 or smaller.
    • Low cost kits to fully assembled models.
    • Utilize FreeForm Fabrication, or FFF for printing.
    • Relatively low-tech linear motion solutions; typically round shafts or belt-pulley systems.
    • Prone to alignment issues, such as binding and torque spikes, as well as backlash.
  • Prosumer
    • Print areas around 18x18x18.
    • FFF or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) methods of printing.
    • SLS offers more material choices including metal, ceramic and plastic.
    • Ideal for part modeling or rapid prototyping.
    • Rely mainly on linear rails and lead screws.
  • Professional/Industrial Grade
    • Print areas of up to a cubic meter.
    • FFF, SLS, Stereolithography (SLA) or in some cases unique, proprietary, deposition methods.
    • Highest resolution (layer thickness) as well as better surface finish and faster build times.
    • High-precision parts, functional prototypes, finished parts and printed electronics.
    • Utilized the most advanced linear motion solutions. But Collins notes that even these might not be accurate enough for some projects, and custom solutions will become necessary.

This handy chart, also from the article, helps lay out the features of all 3 types (click for a clearer view).


So, what has your experience with 3D printing been? Are you using them at all, investigating the options or already incorporating them as a part of your business?