What is Linear Motion?

For many people, the answer to the question ‘what is linear motion?’ is dead simple – motion in a straight line. Running down a track, a linear actuator in motion or anything else that goes straight from point A to point B may seem like one of the most simple tasks, but there’s much complex thought and calculations that can go into linear motion. There are forces at play that can change the direction of the motion.

Continue reading

When 12V Linear Actuator Bearings Fail – A Look at Brinelling and Smearing

Without proper care, your linear electric actuator is bound to fail before it’s time. In order to prevent this from happening, knowing which issues to look for will help prolong the life of your linear electric actuators. Here’s a rundown of what brinelling and smearing are, as well as what they can do to your systems.

What Is Brinelling?

Continue reading

When and When Bearing Fail In 12V Actuator Systems

Nothing lasts forever, and this includes the bearings in a 12v linear electric actuator. If you’ve chosen to go with the ball-screw system for your application, you’ll want a rundown of some of the issues your ball-screws may be subject to.

The result of a bearing failure is total linear electric actuator failure. There are many things that can go wrong with these systems, and no matter how well you take care of them, one of these issues will cause failure eventually.

What to Look For

Continue reading

12V Actuators and 3D Printing

3D Printing is Blowing Our Minds

3D printing has been around for a while, but it’s really starting to show its potential now. Like 2D printers, the machines take advantage of track linear actuators in order to achieve some astounding results. Warning, this stuff may paste your brain to the wall when you read it.

The History of 3D Printing

Continue reading