Humphrey's latest cylinders are designed to be shorter, lighter and thinner than those of equal bore and stroke. Their flat pistons make them up to 40 percent thinner, and they have a 35 percent shorter dead stroke due to the block type end cap, which needs no mounting brackets, making for zero stroke dimension. They are light enough to not burden either the actuator axis or the stand, even with a Y-Z axis. They last longer and leak less, using high-strength stainless-steel bands. Lead wires for embedded sensor switches can be drawn out from a single surface through a cap groove on the cylinders' sensor switch tracks. They come with NPT ports and mounting options such as a shock absorber and F-tube supports.
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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