Mechanical/​Mechatronics

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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.

Briefs: Materials
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Aerospace
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Articles: Motion Control
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Articles: Imaging
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Briefs: Imaging
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Transportation
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Electronics Innovations - October 2020

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs magazine, discover how advances in electronic components are enabling game-changing applications in mobile healthcare/wearables, autonomous...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
A new composite from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.
Question of the Week: Automotive
Do Software Advancements Make You Feel Safe in an Autonomous Vehicle?

Our lead story today features self-driving car software that prevents accidents by understanding and anticipating safe traffic behaviors.

White Papers: Transportation
Creating a GNSS Test Plan: A Start to Finish Guide

You might think that if your GPS/GNSS receiver is tested in the factory, you don’t have to evaluate how your receiver will perform in the field. But every operating environment is...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control

Experts predict that by 2040, most forms of transportation will leverage electric motors and/or cleaner sources of fuel to meet heightened emissions standards....

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Can Courtesy Be Programmed Into Self-Driving Cars?

During a recent webcast, a Tech Briefs reader raised an interesting question about self-driving cars:

Blog: FDA/Regulatory
As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
Blog: Test & Measurement
The new approach could help pave the way for smaller battery packs and greater driving range in electric vehicles.
Blog: Imaging
A reader asks our expert: When it comes to autonomous vehicles, what’s best: Radar, LiDAR, or cameras?
White Papers: Automotive
Achieve Alternative Fuel ROI in Less Than Five Years with ANG

Learn how adsorbed natural gas (ANG) can bring operational benefits for your fleet and pay for itself in less than five years. ANG is specifically suited to light-duty fleets and...

Products: Imaging
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Articles: AR/AI
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.
Facility Focus: Aerospace
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.

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