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.

These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valves for Pneumatic Cylinders and Actuators
Know your valve options.
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Assemble Large Structures from Little Pieces
Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
This controller minimizes the burden on the power grid.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

Question of the Week: Transportation
Would You Ride in a Flying Car?

A flying car, also known as a rotable aircraft, is something that inventors have been dreaming about for a very long time. Stuck in traffic? Just take-off and get out of there.

NASA came to CES with a message: We're going back to the Moon, and we'll need help from industry to do it.
Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Unique Method for Orifice Production

To produce accurate, repeatable orifices, all the variables that might influence the Cd Value (Coefficient of Discharge) must be controlled during production. This includes the orifice hole length, edges,...

Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
This technique lowers airstream noise generated at the side edges of deployed flaps, elevons, or slats.
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
This method will enable safer fluorescent light recycling.
Products: Materials
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

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