The recent co-located Design and Manufacturing event held last month in Anaheim was an unveiling site for a few new motors, and they were pretty different from some of the products we’ve seen in the past. They came from a variety of sources, including Micromo. If you’re video-centric, I suggest you check out the company’s video, as it tells the story a lot better than I can.
Micromo introduced a pair of brushless dc motors, at 8 mm and 10 mm. The company claims that, previously, it was difficult to get the torque from motors of this size. Adding gearheads can further increase the torque while reducing the speed. A better way to hear the capabilities is to watch this video. And a second video discusses the benefits of the company’s “piezo legs” motors.
I've taken many, many industrial plant tours over the past 25 years where I've seen countless big honkin' motors, so I'm intrigued when I see a motor that's 8 mm in diameter. But adding a gearhead to it is downright mind-boggling for me.
Rich, considering all the automation opportunities that these afford it is a very interesting set of products. Minaturizing anything open up more application areas, as we have seen with computing technology.
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Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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