MOTIONEERING(TM) Windows-based software lets the user choose an application; define a motion profile; and select the optimum servomotor, amplifier, and power supply. A motor-types database includes dc servo, brushless servo, direct-drive linear, direct-drive rotary, and vector ac. The "project" approach feature, where multiple axes of motion and their product solutions are combined, allows power supply and shunt regeneration calculations based on the simultaneous operation of multiple axes.
Kollmorgen Motion Technologies Group, 201 Rock Rd., Radford, VA 24141.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.