This field is the study of small mechanical devices and systems. They range in size from a few microns to a few millimeters. The field is called by a wide variety of names in different parts of the world: Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS, Micromechanics, Micro System Technology, MST, Micro Machines, Micro, and is called Nano Technology by some people (Nano technology usually refers to devices ranging in size from a nanometer to a micron).
This field, which encompases all aspects of science and technology, is involved with things on a smaller scale. Creative people from all technical disciplines have important contributions to make. You are encouraged to join the excitement.
Things behave substantially differently in the micro domain. Forces related to volume, like weight and inertia, tend to decrease in significance. Forces related to surface area, such as friction and electrostatics, tend to become large. And forces like surface tension that depend upon an edge become enormious. It takes awhile to get one's micro intuition sorted out. -- An ant carrying many times its weight or a water bug walking on the surface of a pond are just two manifestations of this different micro world.
Below are a number of short tutorial pieces on the world of the small. Enjoy.
Please bookmark this tutorial page, as some links take you off site.
A Brief Tutorial on Micromechanics and MEMS (Large file - 270k)
A Tutorial on Surface Micromachining
A Tutorial on Bulk Micromachining
A Tutorial on Single Point Diamond
Interesting MEMS Pictures (Large file - 100k)
Original Photograph of Ant holding
Gear (William Trimmer 1989, Large file - 36k)
Seminar on MEMS and MST and Micro Devices by Belle Mead Research, Inc.
Details of Seminar on MEMS and MST and Micro Devices by Belle Mead Research, Inc.
A new book on "Micromechanics & MEMS" by William Trimmer
(You should bookmark this site before going to the links below)
Please see William Trimmer's Home Page for Items such as the following:
Links to other Web sites on MEMS and MST and Micro Devices Over 100 Links
Comments on Writing an Article Grand in Purpose, Insignificant in Size Other Articles and Talks by William Trimmer
MEMS Journal Club in Princeton Area Other MEMS Journal Clubs
Employment in MEMS and Micromechanics (USA only)
Conferences and Workshops in Micromechanics and MEMS
Belle Mead Research, Inc.
Specializing in helping people use Micromechanics and MEMS and MST.
* Product Design, * Consulting, *Start Up Companies, * Evaluate Products & Programs