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.

White Papers: Transportation
Thin-Film Interference Filters for LIDAR

Arguably the most versatile active remote sensing technique, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is used across platforms and across disciplines. Long known to be one of the most important...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Noise and Signal Distortion Considerations for Encoders in Motion Control Applications

An encoder is an electro-mechanical transducer that converts mechanical rotary motion into digital signals for the control of machinery. Encoders are used...

Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mechanical Controller for Robot-Assisted Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery has advanced dramatically over the past decade in almost every surgical sub-specialty. Robot-assisted surgery is usually performed using surgical robot systems that...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Resolution, Accuracy, and Precision of Encoders
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Products: Photonics/Optics
New Products: April 2020 Motion Design
Motor drivers, position sensors, offset couplings, and more.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Lenan Zhang and his team at MIT developed a small, economical, highly efficient device to provide fresh drinking water using only the Sun for its energy input.
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Method for Electrospinning Customizable Nanofibers
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Model Predicts Breaking Point of Conducting Material
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Reliability Radio Frequency MEMS Switch
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of the 3D Skin Printer
The handheld 3D skin printer can deposit sheets of skin to cover large burn wounds
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Algorithm Helps Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.

Even though ultrasound has been studied by scientists for many years, its capabilities in practical applications are yet to be fully harnessed.

The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Rugged tablets from Teguar Corp. can be used to monitor manufacturing operations.
INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Small, Precise Gyroscope Navigates Without GPS

A small, inexpensive, and highly accurate gyroscope, developed at the University of Michigan, navigates without GPS. The key to making the gyroscope is a nearly symmetrical mechanical...

As autonomous cars collect data on passing pedestrians, cyclists, and license plates, what privacy measures are in place? A reader asks.
3D printing is being used to quickly create life-saving parts and prototypes like masks, shields, and ventilator valves.
A reader asks, "What market drivers need to occur for electric vehicles to be considered an acceptable replacement for vehicles with internal combustion engines?"
On-Demand Webinars: Internet of Things
IoT’s Role in Today’s Transportation Systems

The Internet of Things, a vast and ever growing network of connected devices and systems, is helping the transportation industry change for the better. Fleet management, for example, is using IoT for vehicle scheduling, routing, monitoring, maintenance, and performance. Railway systems use...

Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.

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