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Country: United States

  • Does no-one read datasheets anymore? The holding torque is listed as 48 N.cm (i.e. 68 oz.in) right there on the first (and only) page of the linked datasheet.

  • Yep, or combine that idea with last week’s new product post, and a chance to dabble in speech recognition: a sparkfun flame that lights up each time Robert says “neat”…

  • Speaking as a mechatronics engineer, I’d have to second everything Taylor said.
    I’m lucky enough to have attended a university with a dedicated mechatronics engineering major on offer (although I understand that to not be unusual here in Australia), and loved every bit of it.
    For me, the core of mechatronics is to do with combining mechanics, electronics and software to achieve something beyond what can be achieved with any one alone.
    As a bt of a guide as what is a part of mechatronics, at uni I learnt all about MCUs, pneumatics, hydraulics, electric motors, digital and analogue electronics, programming, fluid mechanics, robots, computer vision, artificial intelligence… Most important however, was that I learnt how I can combine each of the above to do some pretty cool stuff - artificially intelligent robots, for example.
    I’ll definately recommend studying mechatronics - it serves as a facinating discipline in its own right, but also provides a wide knowledge base which can be applied all kinds of engineering projects, mechatronic or otherwise.

  • Hmm, I smell a new product category - “boxes” anyone? I think that’s be great, receiving a big red box in the mail containing nothing but lots of little red boxes… :)

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