Motor drivers often integrate control circuitry such as current regulation or digital state machines to operate the motor, in addition to providing a high-voltage and high-current drive. These motion solutions provide a level of robustness plus compact size that can be ideal for medical device design.
Pneumatics technology has been used in medical devices for many years, but now there are significant technology advances that are producing finer proportional control than in the past. Pneumatic systems are also working on portability issues, and solutions for low power designs.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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