Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Joining & Assembly

Stay updated on the joining and assembly systems used throughout manufacturing. Review the applications that design engineers are using to meet their manufacturing design challenges.

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Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving — and then reusing — nanowires from electronic devices.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Briefs: Propulsion
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
Briefs: Propulsion
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
After rigorous ground testing, NASA’s Four Bed Carbon Dioxide Scrubber will be installed on the ISS.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Prototypes show promise as a low-cost, natural filtration option.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

While soft robots hold promise in applications ranging from search-and-rescue efforts to wearable exoskeletons, the technologies are often held back by the electronics, says William Grover,...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This episode of our Tech Briefs podcast series Here’s an Idea™ explores a variety of new-and-improved hearing aids, from $5 “do-it-yourself” devices to advanced systems that monitor brain waves.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn how a low-cost machine known as the 'Coventor' stacks up to a traditional ventilator.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
UC Berkeley engineers have created a lightweight and durable robot that achieves exquisite control and agility by modulating the electrostatic forces between its feet and surfaces.
Briefs: Imaging
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Materials
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Articles: Wearables
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology uses tactile sensing to identify objects underground.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Materials
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Products: Motion Control
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Products: Software
Vision systems, signal generators, AC-DC converters, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Products: Software
Cable ties, milling software, snap-action switches, and more.

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