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Motion Control Resources

Model making: A dwarf-sized Caterpillar.

POSTED: 03/23/2018

maxon drives also play an important role in model making – for example, many locomotives run their rounds powered by maxon motors. But even crazier things can be found in the world

Robotic Rib Spreading Tool to help patients hurt less and heal faster.

POSTED: 03/23/2018

One advanced technology company is taking on the challenge of developing hand-held, robotic surgical instruments to help patients hurt less and heal faster. High torque maxon motors ensure jerk-free movement of the tool. It may

Robotic Exoskeleton: For more quality of life

POSTED: 03/23/2018

Worldwide, an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auck-land (New Zealand) has developed innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility impairment get back

Firefighting humanoid robot

POSTED: 03/23/2018

With funding from the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa laboratory is designing and building their Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robot, or SAFFiR.   Agility, speed, strength, balance are all qualities needed to

Human-Like Bipedal Walking Robot

POSTED: 03/23/2018

In the world of robotics engineering there are two primary ways to view how a robot walks. Either the robot has to be quasi-statically stable at every moment of movement, or it can walk

Motors Continue to Operate in Antarctic -120°F Temperatures

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The Dome C telescopes in Antarctica must operate continuously in weather that is the most severe on the planet. At Concordia Station in Antarctica there is a telescope mount that has been operating for a few years now. Just recently there was a new record temperature at the Dome

Getting Swinging Lights to Stop on a Dime

POSTED: 03/23/2018

At the Royal Shakespeare Company’s refurbished venue, lightweight lights are hung from swinging cables. A unique design stops the swinging to put the spotlight on the actors.  The Royal Shakespeare Company recently went through a

Focusing on Dark Energy

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The HETDEX project is the first major experiment to search for dark energy in the universe using a set of spectrographs to map the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies. The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.

Actuators in Aviation

POSTED: 03/23/2018

In the aviation industry, a wide range of applications is controlled by actuators. For example, they are used to control and limit velocity and engine speed by adjusting levers and flaps. In many of these actuators,

Vacuum compatible maxon motors for extreme conditions

POSTED: 03/23/2018

maxon motor spent several months working alongside Instrument Design Technology (IDT) to customize a small, brushless motor to perform in the extreme vacuum conditions of the synchrotron. This article highlights the challenges in the

Brushless DC Motors for Down Hole and Directional Drilling

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The recovery of petroleum and natural gas requires constant innovation and improvement of technology. This technology used for deep drilling processes are exposed to extreme environmental conditions. Temperatures of 200+°C, high pressure and extreme shock and vibration. Brushless DC motor

Autonomous robots provide green logistics

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The upcoming company YLOG builds autonomous robots for transporting containers at logistics companies. The Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AiV) helps to cut energy costs and to optimize the use of space in the warehouse. The integrated maxon

Over Rough and Smooth – Robots on a Mission to Explore

POSTED: 03/23/2018

Intelligent robot systems are increasingly being used in disaster control, rescue missions and salvage operations – wherever it is too dangerous for humans. Robots that can look for survivors after an explosion, an earthquake or other

Project Pegasus: Gallop Like a Horse

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The Pegasus robot, which was created by students of the ETH Zurich during a research project, does not have wings like the famous horse from Greek mythology. But instead, the autonomous robot has strong legs that can gallop almost like


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