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Stay updated on advancements in mechanical components and mechatronics systems. New technologies in MEMs, fluid systems, and propulsion are driving breakthroughs in transportation, electrification, autonomous driving, and manufacturing.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature Separable Fill and Drain Valve
Briefs: Aerospace
Self-Aligning Poppet
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ginning Up a Modern Automation Platform
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Making Automotive Assembly Lines Safer
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Measuring Aggressive Launch Loads on Spacecraft

Blog: Energy
The UA team aims to design a motorless sailplane that can soar over the Martian surface for days at a time, using only wind for propulsion.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Roose’s Chocolate World, based in Belgium, is using an automated solution, “ChocoMatic,” that doesn’t break the bank.
Quiz: Green Design & Manufacturing
How much do you know about the advances regarding to electric aircraft?
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How to Check and Quantify the Five Deadly Problems

This paper begins by reviewing the current research on aeration within the lubrication context. A solid understanding of the symptoms and effects of aeration are required to build an...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A first-ever simulation of aluminum conductivity offers a recipe for an inexpensive substitute for copper.

Briefs: Aerospace
NASA’s new COROTUB boom is flattened, rolled, and stowed in a small package for easy transport to remote locations. When unfurled, it expands into a load-bearing structural boom.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A novel turbine blade design and manufacturing approach developed by NASA provides a significant reduction in turbine blade resonant vibration.
Briefs: Design
An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin recently created the first ever solid-state optical nanomotor.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This simple, elegant invention can control flow separation resulting from the high flap deflections required by simple-hinged flap systems making such flaps a viable option for aircraft designers.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

Using biological experiments, robot models, and a geometric theory of locomotion, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated how and why intermediate lizard...

INSIDER: Power

With the perpetual motion of its waves and tides, the Earth's ocean represents a highly predictable, theoretically limitless source of kinetic energy.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

Briefs: Materials
Applications include a smart fabric for exoskeletons, an adaptive cast that adjusts its stiffness as an injury heals, or a deployable bridge that could be unrolled and stiffened.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Acoustic optimization for anti-phase asymmetric rotor.
Briefs: Energy
Advanced analyses shed light on the mechanism of a deadly problem plaguing combustion chambers in rocket engines.
Briefs: Aerospace
Gust load alleviation is an increasing concern for the design of fixed-wing aircraft with ultra-high aspect wings.
Briefs: Motion Control
A lightweight alternative to rudders for aircraft with spanwise adaptive wings.
Briefs: Design
A self-aligning, self-healing system for pneumatics and cryogenics with applications in aerospace.
Briefs: Power
Single joint allows six attachments with independent movement.
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The components that make up electric vehicle (EV) propulsion systems are critical to overall vehicle performance and efficiency. This 60-minute Webinar...

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An autonomous spacecraft exploring the far-flung regions of the universe descends through the atmosphere of a remote exoplanet. The vehicle, and the researchers who programmed...

INSIDER: Design

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A new method of generating gaits for robotic assistive devices aims to guarantee stability and achieve more natural locomotion for different users. The method is being developed by a team at...

Quiz: Design
NASA plans to retire the International Space Station by 2030; its operations will be transitioned to commercial low-Earth orbit destinations. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the ISS.
White Papers: Materials
Download Boyd’s Solution Guide for Electric Vehicle Displays and HMI

As a leading innovator in Electric, Hybrid, and Autonomous Vehicle Solutions, Boyd’s guide covers the wide range of advanced materials and components that go into an EV...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electro-Hydraulic Steering Solutions Explained

The decentralized nature of EVs gives engineers the freedom to rethink the design of steering systems with an eye toward reducing complexity, improving performance and decreasing maintenance...

Question of the Week: Motion Control
Tiny Robotic Crab Is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

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