Welcome to the September edition of the Hardware Brief. We bring you updates on T Works plus a roundup of interesting stuff we've come across in design, engineering, manufacturing and allied domains while on the job. I'm Anand Rajagopalan, your editor for this edition.
T Works IP, copyright and trademark services (free for now)
Hardware startups can now apply for drafting and filing their IP through us. We charge nominally for the service (free for now) and provide prior art search and drafting services for IP in electronics, mechanical and allied domains. If you have a request, hit us up through the link above.
Do-it-yourself RC Aircraft
Sahenvaan Taneja writes how he built and flew a fixed wing RC aircraft in this instructables article. Good times ahead for all aeromodellers because Sahevaan recently joined us. He and Anjan Babu will help us build and fly our own airplanes soon. Also, this won second place from among 107 entries worldwide. 🥳
Nanomaterials based energy storage by Nanospan
We have a deeptech, nanomaterials company among us in Hyderabad! Nanospan is building graphene and nanomaterials based supercapacitors and Li-Ion batteries out of their facility in Patancheru in Hyderabad. Interestingly, one of their first products was bulletproof vests for defence. They gave the above presentation during our hardware meetup in August.
Registerfor Maker Faire Hyderabad
The second Maker Faire Hyderabad is happening in November 9,10. This year we want to popularise the 'maker movement' among the public especially through fun workshops. You'll get a chance to pick what you want to learn right from working with electronics boards to making soap!
Carbon fibre and aluminium chess board (below)
Here's the finished carbon fibre chess board we talked about in the previous edition. Built by Anjan Babu at T Works. 😎
From the Internet
3D Printed homes for Mars
NASA awarded $500,000 to New York based AI Space factory for their prototype Mars habitat called Marsha (which I assume comes from MARS HAbitat). Their updated designs can be seen in this video.
World's largest EV - A 45 ton dumper truck
A used dumper truck will soon become the world's largest EV with a massive 700 kWh battery pack. Built by a Swiss consortium, the truck has to transport material down from a mountain ridge and into a valley 20 times a day. It may, they say, be possible for the truck to regenerate enough electricity through braking while going downhill to power the empty truck back up.
Right to Repair
The link above is a short, neat video on the Right to Repair debate. Everything from phones to tractors is getting harder to repair, partly because of technology and partly because buying new products is more profitable for companies than repairing old ones. The movement has also spawned businesses such as iFixit, a company which helps fix gadgets that started in a dorm room because the founder wasn't allowed to fix his own laptop.
We're getting closer everyday to moving into the prototyping centre. The top image is the current status, the bottom is a corresponding architectural render.
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