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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.

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
Dynamic White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Precision Bellows Couplings: 3 Secrets to their Success

This 10-minute presentation discusses how precision bellows couplings can help machines run faster and more accurately if three key issues are addressed. They are sizing, misalignment tolerances, and proper handling. Bellows couplings are used for transmitting dynamic precision...

Blog: Photonics/Optics
See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.
Blog: Software
Researchers from the University of Illinois are looking at all the different ways to create a non-pneumatic automotive tire.
Technology Leaders: Design
Learn about the latest measurement technology designed to ensure accurate testing of helical compression and extension springs.
Briefs: Materials
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Wraparound Self-Structuring Leaky-Wave Antenna (WSS-LWA)
This system has applications in the smart grid and military.
Articles: Aerospace
Life-saving sensors, soft hearing implants, and a new water-decontamination method
Products: Software
Low-viscosity plastic; coin cell holders; oxidation-resistant coatings; and more.
Briefs: Aerospace
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Briefs: Motion Control
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

Briefs: Materials
These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
Briefs: Materials
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This controller minimizes the burden on the power grid.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

Question of the Week: Automotive
Would You Ride in a Flying Car?

A flying car, also known as a rotable aircraft, is something that inventors have been dreaming about for a very long time. Stuck in traffic? Just take-off and get out of there.

Blog: Aerospace
NASA came to CES with a message: We're going back to the Moon, and we'll need help from industry to do it.
Blog: Transportation
Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.

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