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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.

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Using microwaves reduces the cost of launching rockets.
Briefs: Aerospace
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Power
These engines will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Propulsion
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Briefs: Energy
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
Design Challenges for Ethernet Adoption in Commercial Transportation

Industrial and commercial vehicle manufacturers are designing a greater degree of sensitive, data-intensive features into trucks, buses, special-use vehicles, agricultural, and heavy-duty construction equipment. The trend is similar to what we’ve seen in the personal...

Blog: Materials
Tech Briefs readers ask a series of questions about the future of plastics in battery electric vehicles.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Engineer’s Guide to Masking Solutions

Download this guide to learn how to select an appropriate material suited to your operating temperature and application process. Masking is an essential part of the production and finishing process...

White Papers: Design
New SmartDisplay™ Products Enable More Versatile HMI Designs

Building better Human-Machine Interface solutions to monitor and control complex equipment and systems is a key priority for design engineers. SmartDisplay™ intelligent...

Blog: Nanotechnology
Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
On-Demand Webinars: Software
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Simulation

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are hot topics in the engineering simulation community. These techniques have applications across the product lifecycle. For example, a design engineer can train an AI system to find optimal designs using data...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The A.I. system learns from thousands of real-traffic situations, when a self-driving car stopped unexpectedly.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Articles: Internet of Things
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Edge computing, focused applications, and open connectivity let designers start with little data on their digital transformation journey.
Articles: Materials
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
7 Levers for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

The future of transportation is electric and autonomous. This 30-minute Webinar examines how to navigate the transition with seven levers for electric and autonomous vehicles. It discusses a platform designed to help project teams develop electric and autonomous vehicles that conform to...

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Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics

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Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Blog: Aerospace

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Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics

A New Way to Launch Rockets: Microwave Power

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