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.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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