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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: Internet of Things
ADAS/Connected Car - June 2020

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected cars are paving the way for tomorrow's automated vehicles. To help you keep pace with the latest technology developments, we present this...

Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Advances in Optics - June 2020

From Automotive LiDAR to Cubesats & space communications to smart cameras for robots, optics technology is enabling exciting new applications across a range of industries. Read all about it in this Special...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19
Blog: Medical

A low-cost, low-complexity ventilator developed by NASA engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Materials
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This device could enable rapid, inexpensive liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans.
Products: Test & Measurement
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Briefs: Energy
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Aerospace
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.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Articles: Aerospace
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Facility Focus: Aerospace
This NASA center hosts the world’s greatest collection of wind tunnels and flight simulation facilities
Products: Test & Measurement
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
Briefs: Transportation
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Materials
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Medical Manufacturing and Outsourcing - May 2020

How are advances in automation/robotics, welding, 3D printing, and other fabrication technologies shaping the future of medical device manufacturing? Find out in this Special Report – a...

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