By using rare-earth magnets, engineers maximized the torque in Maxon's new RE series of motors. The motors measure just 15 mm (0.59 inches) in diameter and 22.5 mm (0.86 inches) in diameter and weigh 20 g (0.71 oz). They can deliver 300 mNm (42 oz-in) of continuous torque with a maximum speed of 11,000 rpm and maximum efficiency of 73%. Each applies Maxon's patented rhombic moving coil design to provide long life, low electrical noise, fast acceleration, and high efficiency. Maxon Precision Motors, Product Code 4170.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
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.
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