Soft robot climbs walls using vacuum

Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum. Made up of soft building blocks, it moves by having air sucked out of them. The robot can also be reconfigured to perform different tasks, like climbing vertical walls and grabbing objects.

How cycloidal gearboxes offer up to 60% efficiency savings

Cycloidal gearboxes or reducers are excellent for use in low-cost robotics applications, where high positioning accuracy with low backlash are required. In this week’s video, igus introduces a new cycloidal gearbox made from self-lubricating and maintenance free iglidur plastic.

MIT researchers 3D print hydraulically-powered robot

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have presented what they claim is the first-ever technique for 3D printing robots that involves printing solid and liquid materials at the same time.

Shadow uses maxon motors in anthropomorphic robot hands

Shadow Robot designs and manufactures state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands and related systems. In this video managing director, Rich Walker, talks about the company and its relationship with maxon motor.

Synchronising multiple lifting columns

Thomson Industries has released a video demonstrating how design engineers can synchronise multiple lifting columns using a single control device.

OpenHydro deploys 1MW commercial tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy

Irish based OpenHydro has successfully deployed its first commercial scale in stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, on behalf of Nova Scotia Power. The 1MW commercial scale turbine is now operational, rotating with the tides, collecting data, and producing energy.

Rays of hope

Fusion power technology is mankind's biggest engineering challenge. Leading scientists, engineers and planners are working towards the solution significantly aided by the availability of 3D model based data held within a single Dassault Systèmes software environment.

Recover Energy - Reduce Emissions

The hydraulic hybrid drive system from Rexroth converts braking energy into drive energy for commercial vehicles and mobile equipment and is said to help achieve fuel savings of up to 25% whilst reducing CO2 emissions respectively. The system is especially useful for vehicles with very short start and stop intervals such as city buses, waste collection vehicles or fork lifts.

Next-generation Stop-Start system substantially broadens range of benefits

A new generation of Belt-Integrated Starter Generators (B-ISG)) have been developed by powertrain engineering consultancy Integral Powertrain. The system solves the cost-benefit issues that have slowed the uptake of existing B-ISG technologies by providing starting refinement equivalent to today's very best systems. These run alongside additional benefits such as powering the air-conditioning system while the engine is stopped and reducing losses whilst the engine is running.