For vacuum applications where space is at a premium, Beswick Engineering (Greenland, NH) is rolling out an ultra-miniature, single-stage vacuum regulator. The vacuum regulator controls output from 0 psig to full vacuum, and is said to be especially well-suited to low-vacuum applications. The lightweight component is designed to be mounted in line, and does not require panel mounting. Weighing just 30 gm apiece, the brass and steel regulators are a scant 35/64 of an inch high. For more info, see www.beswick.com.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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