Advanced Refractory Technologies (ART) researchers have developed a new coating technology they say will "revolutionize the way materials designers and parts fabricators view coatings and materials surfaces." The coatings, called DYLYNR, are said to provide several properties at once--the slipperiness of Teflon(reg), the hardness of diamond, and the adhesion of "super-glue," as well as optical, electrical, and corrosion-resistant properties. The diamond-like Nanocomposite coating consists of two atomic-level networks, one based on carbon and one based on silicon. The two-network system provides a low-friction, highly adherent coating that can be tailored by the specific chemistry or how the coating is applied, according to Donald J. Bray, director of business development at ART. Applications for the coating include: microelectronics, communications systems, automotive components, personal-care products, business machines, chemical processing equipment, and bearings. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
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