Motorsoft (www.motorsoftmotors.com) has unveiled a dynamometer kit for teaching students and engineers the operating characteristics of various precision electric motors and electronic drives. The basic kit comes with three interchangeable test motors, including a PM dc, a 3 phase ac induction, and a PM brushless motor along with a calibrated PM dc generator as a load. All motors, except for the PM dc, are fitted with a 1,000 line optical encoder, couplings, and motor bases to enhance interchangeability.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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