Never underestimate the web's resourcefulness. A recent search for fluid power subjects turned up a few unique sites worthy of a second glance:
Hydra-Pneu Consulting (www.fluidpower1.us) offers brainteasers to keep the hydraulic-inclined minds occupied
Pneumatics Online provides calculators in both metric and imperial units to measure valve flow, cylinder force, and cylinder bore size at www.pneumaticsonline.com.
Pump School enables engineers to learn about rotary pumps on their own time, in addition to providing information on tough applications, typical liquids, and rotary pumping principles. Go to www.pumpschool.com.
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.