The company has released four modules, with plans for a fifth in the works, all designed to be configured to function just like a variety of individual analog cards, and all for a cost of less than half a single card. The PWD00A-400 can drive Parker open-loop proportional valves with ramps and setpoints as standard parameters. The PCD00A-400 can drive standard open-loop throttle and pressure control valves, also with ramps and setpoints as standard parameters. The PWDXXA-400 drives high-performance valves with spool feedback, and the PZD00A-400 replaces accessory cards. The PID00A-400, currently in beta testing, processes external closed-loop control of cylinder position, pressure and velocity, providing +/- 50 mA direct servo drive. All models are configurable with free interface software, snap on a standard DIN rail, and use plug-in electrical connectors.
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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