A new brushless dc motor from MicroMo Electronics Inc. has an external motor-diameter of only 20 mm and a length of 57 mm. It provides high power-to-volume ratio by using a skewed winding in combination with a rotor made of Neodymium rare-earth magnets to provide cog-free motion. The brushless dc motor can achieve a continuous output torque up to 18 mNm at speeds up to 58,000 rpm. The motors come in a sterilizable version capable of withstanding an autoclave environment. The Series 2057 can be combined with a gearbox and encoder for a miniature dc drive system.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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