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Iodine-Compatible Hall Effect Thruster
Precision Assembly of Systems on Surfaces (PASS)
Development of a Novel Electrospinning System with Automated Positioning and Control Software
2016 Create The Future Design Contest Open For Entries
Clamshell Sampler
Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitter
Deployable Extra-Vehicular Activity Platform (DEVAP) for Planetary Surfaces
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Coming Soon - Build and Deploy Simulation Apps for Heat Transfer Analysis

Heat transfer, including multiphysics phenomena such as Joule heating and thermal expansion, is fundamental to the design of reliable products and systems. Through modeling and simulation, gain a better understanding of how temperature changes impact the performance of a device or process. With simulation apps based on your models, colleagues and customers can also perform heat transfer analysis through the use of highly specialized user interfaces.

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Coming Soon - Active Safety Solutions for Next Generation Automobiles

As automotive technology advances, so do the number and complexity of electronically controlled “safety critical” functions inside of a car. These functions include: front lighting, ADAS, viewing, electronic power steering, and rear lighting to name a few. The challenge and risk that all designers face is that of a critical failure occurring and safety critical functions not working as intended.

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Coming Soon - Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE: Cybersecurity for the Life of the Car

In conjunction with SAEConnectivity is making cybersecurity a must-have obligation from initial designs through end of life. Automakers and suppliers have several unique challenges as they attempt to provide connectivity in vehicles that have burgeoning amounts of software that must remain secure and efficient over long vehicle lifetimes. Throughout the industry, there is a race to leverage safeguards used in other industries in ways that meet automotive safety and reliability requirements.

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Coming Soon - The High Frontier: In-Space Manufacturing at NASA MSFC

A presentation on additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities and applications at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will highlight the Center’s history in 3D printing. Find out about the latest AM technologies in use at NASA MSFC, how they work, and how they are being utilized to further NASA’s efforts to create a sustainable, lower-cost launch capability.

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Coming Soon - Emerging Trends in Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffolds

Extensive development efforts towards a Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) as a clinically superior therapy for the treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease continues around the world. As advancement continues, engineers are tasked to create a BVS with thinner struts. Additionally, as the utility for BVS based therapies outside the coronary vasculature is explored, an additional host of challenges is likely to be uncovered.

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New Method Combats Virtual Reality Sickness

Views of the virtual environment before and after subtle, dynamic FOV modification. (Photo: Ajoy Fernandes and Steve Feiner) Researchers have developed a method of combating virtual reality (VR) sickness that can be applied to consumer head-worn VR displays such as the Sony PlayStation VR. The approach dynamically, yet subtly, changes the user’s field of view (FOV) in response to visually perceived motion.

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Soft Actuator Provides Gentle Strength for Robots

Compliant electrodes are attached to each side of the membrane and cause it to stretch when voltage is applied. A membrane switches from its more compact state to its stretched state when voltage is applied to its electrodes. (©Alejandro Posada) Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart developed a motion system that is compliant and can be integrated in robots thanks to its space-saving design. The device consists of a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA), which is a membrane made of hyperelastic material like a latex balloon with flexible electrodes attached to each side. The stretching of the membrane is regulated by means of an electric field between the electrodes.

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