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An international group is researching carbon nanotubes filled with paraffin wax in a form similar to yarn in an effort to replace coal brushes or ball bearings in motors.


Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a steerable needle called the active cannula that can navigate through the brain to reach and remove fatal blood clots, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.


FlexiForce force sensors from Tekscan Inc. are ultra-thin and ultra-flexible printed circuits that can be embedded in OEM products to detect and measure force contacts, identify force thresholds and trigger appropriate actions, record relative changes in force or applied load, and detect contact and touch.



Brim Electronics Inc. expanded its line of Miniflyx ultra-flexible instrumentation cables with models that feature 26 and 28 automatic wire gauge (AWG) constructions. 



Precision Inc. is a Minneapolis designer and manufacturer of custom magnetic components and assemblies for the electronics industry. 


The P-763 XY nanopositioning stage from PI is a compact flexure-guided stage with a footprint of less than 3"×3" while providing a 30mm × 30mm aperture.



Honeywell Inc. offers a line of subminiature pressure transducers to measure pressure ranges from 10 psig to 3,000 psig and 100 psi up to 20,000 psi, depending on the model. All models feature a compact, flush-mount, low-profile design and flush diaphragm that enable the transducers to fit into small spaces with tight clearances. In addition to the standard models, custom transducers can be ordered.



Absolute Machine Tools Inc., Lorain, Ohio, demonstrated the Nexturn SA-32P, Swiss-style machine at its April 9 “Discovery Day” Event at its facility in Elgin, Ill. The machine cut a 1"-dia. spherical fitting, with multiple small part features,  machined from 1144 Stressproof Bearing Steel, polished and ground. 



As technology grows, components get smaller, and the components made by SDP/SI of New Hyde Park, N.Y., and used in industrial, aerospace and medical applications are no exception.



Metalliferous, a Mt. Vernon, N.Y., supplier of metal, tools and other supplies, offers a brass basket with stainless steel mesh.