Ramses Martinez, Carina Fish, Xin Chen and George Whitesides have published a paper describing a soft pneumatic actuator constructed by combining paper with a silicone elastomer. On pneumatic inflation, these actuators move anisotropically, based on the motions accessible by their composite structures. They are inexpensive, simple to fabricate, light in weight, and easy to actuate. This class of structure is versatile: the same principles of design lead to actuators that respond to pressurization with a wide range of motions (bending, extension, contraction, twisting, and others). Paper, when used to introduce anisotropy into elastomers, can be readily folded into 3D structures following the principles of origami; these folded structures increase the stiffness and anisotropy of the elastomeric actuators, while being light in weight. These soft actuators can manipulate objects with moderate performance; for example, they can lift loads up to 120 times their weight. They can also be combined with other components, for example, electrical components, to increase their functionality.
Ingenia Motion Control released Venus digital servo drive, an integrated motion controller and digital servo drive in a convenient stand-alone package, capable to drive most of motor topologies in today's market of up to 2 kW and without the need of any additional heat-sink on its whole operating temperature range.
December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $519.98 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology-- and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 12.2% from November and up 12.7% when compared with the total of $461.48 million reported for December 2010. With a year-to-date total of $5,508.81 million, 2011 was up 66.4% compared with 2010.
AeroVironment Secures Global Distribution Rights for Sentient's Target Detection Software for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
AeroVironment becomes exclusive global distributor of Sentient's Kestrel Land MTI Tier I automated target detection software for use with small unmanned aircraft systems
JAI has added four new GigE Vision cameras to its series of industrial grade CCD cameras built around quad-tap sensors from Kodak.
New Higher Capacity Allows Wider Range of Applications
New 2M Series compatible with existing micro-miniature aerospace/defense connectors
Configurable Pressure Measurement Devices (7 bar to 34 bar) Provide Reliable Performance in Moderately Harsh Media Environments
Miniature 9-Axis Inertial Module with 32-bit Processing Unit from STMicroelectronics Boosts Realism and Accuracy in Gaming, Robotics and Navigation
MEMS leader unveils a compact 9 degrees-of-freedom motion-sensing module with powerful processing capabilities
Schilling Robotics, LLC, experts in subsea systems, announced today the delivery of two (2) 150hp, 3,000m-rated HDâ„˘ ROV systems to Subsea 7.
420 kV subsea and underground power cable system will replace overhead power lines across the Little Belt strait in Denmark
Boston Dynamics' LS3 is a four legged military robot designed to go anywhere and carry up to 400 lbs of gear with enough fuel for missions covering 20 miles. The development of LS3 is being funded by DARPA and the US Marine Corps. The project has been in development for sometime and now DARPA released a new video of the prototype traversing hills and uneven ground as they test it outdoors.
Liquid Robotics(R), an ocean data services provider and developer of the first wave-powered Wave Glider(R) marine robot, today announced that Steven R. Springsteel, former CEO of Chordiant Software Inc. and President/CFO of Verity, has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
TORC Robotics Increasing Speed and Operational Capability for the USMC Optionally Unmanned GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate) Program
Shirreffs will drive the development and execution of Schilling's customer support strategy and implementation.
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