Figure 2: The surrounding encapsulant is more than 1-mm-thick in 259-UL913 fuses. They keep a good seal and limit the energy and temperature generated when the fuse operates. Dust is also prevented from entering the fuse body.
Having been on the same NASA trip, Steve, I can second your statement that the engineers and the programs there are astounding. If there is still time, I strongly encourage readers to take the few minutes to put their names into the contest. As we saw on our trip, there are no strings attached. Littlefuse treated the contest winners likes kings and queens.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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