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Issue Archive: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Any manufacturing facility that uses hydraulics powered by conventional fixed-speed hydraulic power units (HPUs) has engineers and personnel who know all too well how large,...

Briefs: Medical

A patented self-contained device for isolating deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), ribonucleic acid (RNA), proteins, and cells without using pipettes or centrifuges has been developed at NASA’s...

Products: Connectivity
Modular robot platforms, automated crane systems, motion smoothing, and more.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Many presses continue using inefficient and unreliable hydraulic pumps.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Self-healing materials, quick disconnects, and eco-friendly micro-supercapacitors.
Briefs: Power
This scalable power processing unit (PPU) is for use with low-power Hall effect thrusters.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Battery monitoring, flow meters, torque sensors, and more.
Briefs: Energy
A new catalyst and microchannel reactors improve efficiency and cost of the process.
Briefs: Manned Systems
The simulations provide insight on the models needed to simulate a full-scale landing event.
White Papers: Motion Control
How To Substantially Reduce Encoder Cost While Gaining Functionality With Multi-Turn Rotary Position Sensors

New Technology Will Reduce Encoder Costs and Improve Performance. Rotation counters are required for many applications to count...

Articles: Test & Measurement
Learn how design engineers are making better gas meters.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Vibrating transducers create tunnels in a thin layer of oil to transport droplets across a chip without leaving a trace behind.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will ‘Ocean Batteries’ Catch On?

Our lead story today highlights an innovative energy approach from a Netherlands-based company called Ocean Grazer. Tied to existing wind farms, the team’s “Ocean Battery” pumps water from solid subsea reservoirs into flexible bladders located just above the seabed. When there is a demand for power, the...

INSIDER: Research Lab

A pair of University of Houston engineers has discovered that they can create upward fountains in water by shining laser beams on the water’s surface. Jiming Bao, professor of...

Podcasts: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Dr. Frits Bliek and his team at Ocean Grazer are building an "Ocean Battery" that brings hydrodam technology to the sea.

Briefs: Imaging
Large machines can breathe in and out cooling blasts of water to keep their systems from overheating.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An electrically driven soft valve paves the way for fully soft robots.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Modern agricultural tractors contain so much cutting-edge technology, they rival even the latest spacecraft. But the back end is still old-school, relying largely on fossil...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Motors, suspension arms, slit couplings, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This mechanism improves rotordynamic stability in turbomachinery.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Grundfos Solutions for Industrial Water Reuse

Water is such a fundamental necessity for life that it is often taken for granted. In modern industrial societies, the water from every tap is expected to be so pure that we can drink it without...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Maximizing the ROI on Your Pressure-Boosting Investment

Purchase costs for different types of pumps used in water distribution and industrial pressure-boosting applications can vary significantly. Whether they are end-suction pumps,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion controllers, electric cylinders, cobot brakes, and more.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn seven key design considerations for implementing electrohydraulic valves.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The tiny motors mimic how rock climbers navigate inclines.