Linear motion: Individual components vs integrated system?
Features 5/1/2000 Post a comment When it comes to linear motion, design engineers have a choice: buy separate components and assemble them together or purchase an integrated system. Each approach has its pros and cons: Buying the components and doing the work yourself costs less, but typically takes more development time. Opting for a fully integrated system cuts development time and headaches, but can cost up to twice as much. Here, two companies who took different paths describe why their choices made sense for their applicat
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Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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