Slow and weak, the rotors circle at about twice the speed of the second hand on a watch and generate only a ten-thousandth as much torque as typical electrically powered micromachines
But he says his initial NASA brief to design a muscle-powered micromachine
to repair spacecraft punctures is still several decades away.
When researchers first started tinkering with micromachines
in the 1970s, they drew heavily on microchip technology (see "Making a Micromachine
We're only at the beginning - able to see the possibilities of molecular-scale developments and larger micro vehicles used as new energy sources or the means to propel molecules of medicine to targeted disease sites," says Dan Gale, Chair of the Micromachine
Summit and CTO of CMC Microsystems.
ESI's state-of-the-art Model 5800 dual-beam laser system micromachines
very high-quality micro features in semiconductor, metallic, solar, ceramic and glass applications.
In a Los Angeles laboratory, researchers have let loose scores of what amount to living micromachines
In early 2006 we introduced our M2I2-u Best-In-Class Micro-EDM machine to the Small Technology Industry and at the MICROMACHINE
2006 exhibition in Tokyo we are introducing our newest technological advancement - the most innovative Micro-EDM / Nano-Grinding Machine on the market, the M2I7-n.
A decade ago, micromachine
enthusiasts and excited journalists painted visions of armies of self-propelled gadgets smaller than dust specks, serving mankind.
Nonetheless, combining rapidly evolving technologies--microelectronic devices, programmable, or smart, materials, micromachines
, distributed computing systems, and active control mechanisms--to create smart dust and other microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) offers new capabilities that can be exploited for a variety of purposes.
Their brawn stokes Guckel's optimism that micromachines
might indeed be capable of doing real-world work, such as powering a microknife for clearing obstructed arteries.
As a pioneer in the micromachine
IC industry, Analog Devices is the leading supplier of MEMS airbag sensors worldwide.
Tanner Research, which has four divisions, provides electronic design automation (EDA) software tools, consulting and engineering services for integrated circuits, manufacturing services for integrated circuits, and advanced technology research with focus areas in image processing and micromachine