Mechatronics Zone Blog

Neurotechnology Builds Prototype 3D Printer Based on Ultrasonic Particle Manipulation

By Tracey Schelmetic | September 1, 2017

As additive manufacturing (AM) becomes more widespread, new technologies are allowing for the use of AM to create a wider variety of parts and devices. For applications that require non-contact manufacturing, ultrasonic particle manipulation is presenting some new opportunities. Ultrasonic particle manipulation isn’t new, but in AM, it’s becoming a way to harness acoustic radiation forces to trap and move particles or small devices during the printing process.

Battery Uses Indoor Light to Rapidly Charge Devices, EVs

By Elizabeth Montalbano | September 1, 2017

Researchers have developed a new energy-dense battery that can be recharged using any type light, providing a portable way to charge devices and even vehicles.

Addition to Automotive Safety Standard Means More Documentation, But Better Future for Self-Driving Cars

By Charles Murray | August 31, 2017

A new addition to the well-known ISO 26262 automotive safety standard will mean more design documentation work for engineers, but it will also ensure a better future for self-driving cars, an expert told Design News last week.

Living Human Cartilage Generated Through Bioprinting of Stem Cells

By Elizabeth Montalbano | August 31, 2017

Bioprinting of living human cells has gotten a boost with new work out of Sweden that’s generated cartilage tissue by printing stem cells using a 3D bioprinter.

With ARCore Google Broadens its AR Development Scope

By Chris Wiltz | August 30, 2017

We listed Google Tango among the best software development kits (SDKs) for augmented reality (AR) in a recent roundup. But it seems Google itself may have disagreed with us. This week Google announced a new AR development kit, called ARCore, that effectively takes Tango off the table and is aimed at making AR even more accessible for developers via a larger range of Android devices.

Mechanical, Thermal Factors Are Key Bottlenecks to 3D Printing, Researchers Say

By Elizabeth Montalbano | August 30, 2017

As 3D printing matures, researchers are looking for new ways to work with new materials and generally improve additive manufacturing (AM) machines and processes to make this method of fabrication faster and more efficient.

40% of manufacturing security professionals have no formal security strategy

By Al Presher | August 29, 2017

In its 90-page 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report, Cisco raised a warning flag because of the accelerating pace and rising level of sophistication in the global cyber threat landscape. Focusing on manufacturing, the report said that the combination of connected devices on outdated machines might be “ripe for exploitation.” But even more concerning is what might be viewed as a muted response by companies to potential security breaches.

MIT Inspired by Sea Worm for Material That Can Adapt to Its Environment

By Elizabeth Montalbano | August 29, 2017

Researchers often find themselves inspired by nature to develop new materials and technology, a practice called biomimicry. In a recent example of this type of work, a team at MIT has used a sea worm for inspiration to develop new material—well suited for soft robots—that can adapt to changing environments.

Vehicle Software Is Vulnerable to Attack

By Charles Murray | August 28, 2017

Software code in connected vehicles is too often vulnerable to attack, and the auto industry isn’t doing enough to prevent potential intrusions, an expert told Design News.