June 26, 2017

Venus Flytrap inspires new kind of composite

The Venus Flytrap is the fastest mover in the plant kingdom, with two leaves that quickly close on insects. The leaves are bistable, meaning they naturally rest in one state, and then in another. Purdue University engineers are taking inspiration from the Venus Flytrap to design and manufacture a composite material in a curved structure that will also be able to take two stable shapes. By bridging material science, mechanical engineering, and the biological world, they hope to bring enable this new composite to manufacture lighter, faster, and cheaper goods. The research is being conducted under Andres Arrieta, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue.
June 19, 2017

IntuiTap: Medical Innovation Hopes to Revolutionize Spinal Taps

Ask anyone who's ever had a lumbar puncture or epidural: having a needle inserted into your spine is not the most pleasant experience. And it's no easier for the doctors who perform the procedure, who are largely working by feel. This hundred-year-old technique often leads to mistakes, pain for the patient, and extra time in the hospital. Now a Purdue Engineering alumna is bringing lumbar punctures into the 21st century, by developing a handheld device that can digitally detect vertebrae and indicate exactly where to insert the needle.
June 14, 2017

Introducing MEERCAT: Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center

Introducing MEERCat, the Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue. MEERCat will leverage about $6 million of federally-funded research focusing on educating engineers, in collaborations involving faculty from Purdue’s School of Engineering Education and the School of Mechanical Engineering.
June 7, 2017

Italian PhD candidate shares her tips for success

Getting a PhD may seem intimidating -- especially if you're moving to another country! Here's how Italian candidate Valeria Andreoli handles working with aircraft engines, along with her time outside of the lab.
June 6, 2017

3D printer custom builds tools for spinal surgery

What if you could 3D-print custom surgical tools to fit the needs of individual patients? That's the idea behind David Cappelleri's flexible micro-robotic tools, being developed for minimally invasive spinal surgery. Thanks to Stratasys 3D printers, Cappelleri can print super-small precise tools -- simultaneously with multiple materials, both rigid and flexible.
June 5, 2017

"Instantly rechargeable" batteries

A new technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an “instantly rechargeable” battery, through a quick and easy process similar to refueling a car at a gas station. The team includes Eric Nauman, professor of mechanical engineering.
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