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: Aerospace
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Exploring Mars - July 2020

As NASA prepares this week to launch its latest robotic rover to the Red Planet, we are excited to present this commemorative publication chronicling – through historic images and video – six decades of Mars...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
Briefs: Transportation
A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Energy
Solid-State Lithium Battery
This thin film battery can be used for on-package power in mass market electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices.
Briefs: Imaging
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
Briefs: Energy
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Special Reports: Transportation
Vehicle Electrification - July 2020

The global transition to electric vehicles presents new design, manufacturing, and infrastructure challenges. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we present...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Traditional robotic feet are made of rigid components. A team of engineers at UCSD turned to coffee grounds to make legged robots more flexible and able to walk on a variety of rough terrain.
Dynamic White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
10 Need-to-Know Facts About Ball-Detent Torque Limiters

Considering the advancements in sensor engineering and electronics, it’s not surprising that the performance capabilities of mechanical torque limiters are often questioned. This 10-minute presentation takes a look at how ball-detent torque limiters have kept up with...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will On-Demand Octane Improve Fuel Economy?

A video on Tech Briefs TV this month demonstrated a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory technology that enables on-demand octane by portioning ethanol from gasoline. PNNL researchers believe their invention could increase fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Do you agree? Watch the video...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
Articles: Motion Control
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Products: Motion Control
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Application Briefs: Wearables
Learn abut Bosch Sensortec's “Light Drive” system.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director of SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), talks about the current state of the MEMS industry and trends for the future,
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
Wool from special sheep keeps astronauts and emergency responders safe.
Articles: Imaging
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Articles: Imaging
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A robotic finger has a sense of touch that can be localized with high precision over a large, multi-curved surface.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.

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