These magnetic particle brakes have a hollow shaft, and don't need a precision alignment shaft for installation. They slide on and couple with a roll pin or integral clamp, a torque arm holding the brake's body still. They are used where variable, smooth slip torque is needed, such as in winding systems. Input current controls the unwind tension. Torque comes from magnetizing microscopic stainless steel spheres. A higher electric input makes for a stronger internal magnetic field, which creates higher torque that is independent of slip RPM. Hollow shaft brakes from 0-15 to 220 lb-inches. Larger solid shaft brakes, as well as clutches up to 300 lb-feet with 1,900W heat dissipation are available from stock.
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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