It's not common for U.S. engineers to re-engineer a product designed in Asia. But that's exactly what engineers at Enidine, which specializes in shock and vibration technologies, did recently with a long-stroke, high-performance shock absorber. Norm MacKenzie, product line manager for the new PRO Long Stroke Series units, explains that Enidine acquired the extension to its line of standard hydraulic products from a Korean company. "The original product was only capable of about 30,000 cycles," he explains. "So although it's not usual for us to work this way, we redesigned the piston head and foam accumulator to get around 5 million cycles." Enidine just released the product, which can accommodate from 75 to 2,300 in-lbs. Target applications include pick-and-place robotics and plastics molding equipment.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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