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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.

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Briefs: Energy
NASA engineers have developed a new approach to mitigating unwanted motion in floating structures. Ideally suited to applications including offshore wind energy platforms and barges, the innovation uses water ballast as a motion damping fluid.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An ultra-small actuator has nanometer-scale precision.
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Articles: Energy
See the 2023 Create the Future Design Contest's Automotive & Transportation Finalist: the Ganaio High-Output Regenerative Damper.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The innovation can provide a wide range of damping forces, a linear damping function and/or an extended dynamic range of attenuation, providing broad flexibility in configuration size and functional applicability.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Integrating sensors into rotational mechanisms could make it possible for engineers to build smart hinges that know when a door has been opened, or gears inside a motor that tell a mechanic how fast they are rotating. Engineers have now developed a way to easily integrate sensors into these types of mechanisms.
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INSIDER: Transportation

Imagine you're in an airplane with two pilots, one human and one computer. Both have their “hands” on the controllers, but they're always looking out for different things. If...

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INSIDER: Motion Control

An international team of scientists has recently developed a novel type of nano-engine made of DNA. It is driven by a clever mechanism that can perform pulsing movements. The researchers are now planning to fit it with a...

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White Papers: Motion Control
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Unlocking the Secrets of Right Angle Servo Worm Gearheads

Right angle servo worm gearheads are mechanical devices used in various applications to transmit power and motion at a right angle. They consist of a worm gear and a mating worm...

Q&A: Design
Professor Pablo Zavattieri and his team from Purdue University have developed an architected material that can dissipate energy caused by bending, compression, torque, and tensile stresses, avoiding permanent plastic deformation or damage.
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Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
As part of the NASA’s Perseverance rover, MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment), has generated oxygen for the 16th and final time, successfully completing its mission goal.
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INSIDER: Design

Researchers from MIT and Stanford University have devised a new machine-learning approach that could be used to control a robot, such as a drone or autonomous vehicle, more effectively and efficiently in...

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INSIDER: Power

Matthias Preindl, associate professor of electrical engineering at Columbia Engineering, and Wesley Pennington, the founder and CEO of Tau Motors, have formed a collaboration...

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Q&A: Materials
Professor Stephen Lynch, of Penn State’s College of Engineering, along with colleagues at Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming, have developed a process for 3D printing a high-temperature ceramic gas turbine part.
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White Papers: Automotive
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SAFETY FIRST: Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Alternative Fuels in R&D Testing Facilities

Whether making the switch from diesel to battery power or from natural gas to hydrogen, new alternative fuel technology introduces fresh safety challenges....

White Papers: Data Acquisition
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Smarter Machines Require Smarter Engineering and Strategy. Start Here.

Uncover the 5 smart machine innovations that create a foundation for improving machine intelligence, while offering the added benefit of reshaping your business models...

Special Reports: Internet of Things
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Smart Factory/IIoT - September 2023

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, robotics, connectivity and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Videos of the Month: Design
See the videos of the month, including one on Amphenol Sine’s A Series™ family of sealed heavy-duty, multipin plastic and metal connectors; one on RoboSAR – an autonomous search and rescue of victims; and more.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
To improve efficiency, it is necessary to characterize and reduce flow separation on curved surfaces.
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Briefs: Materials
Taking inspiration from nature, a team of researchers at Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science has successfully created an artificial muscle that seamlessly transitions between soft and hard states while also possessing the remarkable ability to sense forces and deformations.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

CYBER-CARE — the Transportation Cybersecurity Center for Advanced Research and Education — is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) University Transportation Center (UTC),...

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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A new type of ferroelectric polymer that is exceptionally good at converting electrical energy into mechanical strain holds promise as a high-performance motion controller or...

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Articles: Power
As the demand grows for increased productivity, higher product quality, rapid development time, and lower engineering costs, adopting linear motor technology is increasingly popular by leveraging modular linear motor designs.
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Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A company from Denmark found a problem with its oil rig, where wind caused service loops to swing, become entangled and snag, resulting in downtime. The company solved the problem with a 33.5-meter e-loop from igus, the Germany-based manufacturer of high-performance plastics.
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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Engineer’s Guide to Replacing Problematic Hydraulic Cylinders With High-force Electric Actuators

This eBook from Tolomatic examines how new, high-force electric linear actuators are capable of delivering the power of hydraulics in many...

White Papers: Materials
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Selecting the Right Material Properties for the Right Electric Motor

Finding materials with suitable thermal, structural, and electromagnetic properties for future electric powertrain components is vital. Material selection significantly...

INSIDER: Design

A newly created real-life Transformer can reconfigure its body to achieve eight distinct types of motion and can autonomously assess the environment it faces to choose the most effective...

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INSIDER: Test & Measurement

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) intern Jake Guidry has developed a cybersecurity research tool that could improve the security of electric vehicle charging. The AcCCS tool provides...

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Application Briefs: Motion Control
Leveraging a high-speed permanent magnet motor, an environmental control system aboard the ISS represents a step change toward electrification and optimization.
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White Papers: Motion Control
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Selecting the Appropriate Sensors for Rotating Equipment Condition Monitoring

This comprehensive guide provides detailed insights on selecting appropriate sensors for condition monitoring of rotating equipment, considering measurement...

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