Mechatronics Zone Blog

Proton Battery Could Offer Lithium Ion Alternative

By Kevin Clemens | March 28, 2018

A traditional proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells uses platinum catalysts to combine gaseous hydrogen and oxygen from the atmosphere to produce electricity, water vapor, and heat. Producing, transporting, and storing hydrogen gas, however, have proven to be speed bumps on the road to adoption of fuel cells in the mainstream transportation sector.

Siemens to Roll Out New Simulation Platform for Self-Driving Vehicles

By Charles Murray | March 27, 2018

Siemens today will introduce a computing and simulation platform aimed at speeding the validation and verification of autonomous cars.

Solar and Wind Could Meet 80% of US Energy Needs, Study Finds

By Kevin Clemens | March 27, 2018

About 80% of the U.S. electricity demand could be reliably met with solar and wind power, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California Irvine, the California Institute of Technology, and the Carnegie Institute for Science.

5 Lessons Startups Can Learn from Big Companies

By Mitch Maiman | March 27, 2018

The common perception is that youth and enthusiasm are the two essentials required to start up a company. While startups by millennials are widely known, there are also many startups founded by those of us who are “more experienced” (sometimes a lot more “experienced”). Personally, I fall into that category.

Living, Artificial Cells Fused for First Time For Breakthroughs in Batteries, Sensors, Medtech

By Elizabeth Montalbano | March 26, 2018

The use of living human cells is coming into play more and more in myriad applications from medical devices to 3D printing to energy storage. Now researchers at Imperial College London have found a way for the first time to fuse living and non-living cells so they can work together, opening the door for new applications in batteries, drug delivery, biological sensors, and more. A paper on their work was recently published in Scientific Reports.

Materialise receives FDA clearance for medical 3D printing software

By Norbert Sparrow | March 23, 2018

Materialise NV (Leuven, Belgium) announced today that it is the first company in the world to receive FDA clearance for software used to 3D print anatomical models for diagnostic applications.

Russian Hacking Prompts Calls for Cyber Warfare Rules

By Rob Spiegel | March 23, 2018

Cybersecurity experts have suspected for years that security at US plants has already been compromised. Those suspicions have now been confirmed by the White House. Last week, Reuters and the New York Times reported that administration officials have acknowledged that the US energy systems have been hacked by Russia.

3D-Printed Smart Glass Works More Efficiently Than Previous Designs

By Elizabeth Montalbano | March 23, 2018

Researchers are devising myriad new ways to make building construction more eco-friendly and buildings themselves more energy-efficient. Engineers at the University of Delaware recently contributed to this effort by inventing new “smart” glass that can automatically reflect or absorb light when needed to help moderate temperature.

Blue Collar or New Collar? The Fight Over Manufacturing's Future

By Chris Wiltz | March 22, 2018

“Stop using the term 'blue collar worker' and start using the term 'essential worker,' ”John Ratzenberger told an audience during his keynote at the 2018 Advanced Design & Manufacturing Show in Cleveland (ADM Cleveland).