Special Coverage


3D Printing for Machine Design

Metals and plastics have long been used for machine parts. Their durability, strength, and reliability in machines that operate continuously for millions of cycles make them the standard in automated machinery. However, for these same reasons, the use of 3D printed parts has been questioned and not widely adopted by manufacturers. This view should be reconsidered as 3D printed components offer a lower cost means to produce prototype components and end use components for machinery.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars


Exploiting the Time Domain in X-rays: The Modulated X-ray Source and its Diverse Applications

X-rays are valued in astronomy as probes of energetic phenomena in the Universe, in medical imaging for their ability to penetrate soft tissue, and in materials analysis because they reveal physical and chemical properties of substances in commercial and research applications.

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New Supercapacitor Could Make Structural Energy Storage A Reality

Imagine a future in which our electrical gadgets are no longer limited by plugs and external power sources. This intriguing prospect is one of the reasons for the current interest in building the capacity to store electrical energy directly into a wide range of products, such as a laptop whose casing serves as its battery, or an electric car powered by energy stored in its chassis, or a home where the dry wall and siding store the electricity that runs the lights and appliances. It also makes the small, dull grey wafers that graduate student Andrew Westover and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Cary Pint have made in Vanderbilt's Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory far more important than their nondescript appearance suggests.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, Electronic Components, Power Management, Energy Storage, Energy, Semiconductors & ICs, News


New Way To Make Sheets Of Graphene Discovered

Graphene's promise as a material for new kinds of electronic devices, among other uses, has led researchers around the world to study the material in search of new applications. But one of the biggest limitations to wider use of the strong, lightweight, highly conductive material has been the hurdle of fabrication on an industrial scale.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, Electronic Components, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Solar Power, Energy, Semiconductors & ICs, News


Can Robots Be Emotional Companions?

Pepper, a new android from the Paris-based SoftBank Group, was unveiled last week in Tokyo. The 4-foot-tall robot has 20 movement-powering motors, a 10.1-inch touch display, and a synchronized, cloud-based database. Pepper also comes equipped with voice-recognition, as well functions that recognize human feelings and emotions. "I've believed that the most important role of robots will be as kind and emotional companions to enhance our daily lives, to bring happiness, constantly surprise us, and make people grow,” Bruno Maisonnier, founder and CEO of Aldebaran, said in a news release. “The emotional robot will create a new dimension in our lives and new ways of interacting with technology.”

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Getting the Most Out Of Your Next Generation Digital Security Surveillance System

As current DSS (digital security surveillance) systems more and more demand real-time analytics, operations benefit greatly from clearer and more information-rich video and maximized computing power.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers


High Reliability Flexible Circuits for the Medical Marketplace

Tech-Etch manufacturers high reliability flex circuits used in the diagnostic imaging, patient monitoring, cardiac management and life science industries. Flexible circuits provide the thinnest and lightest interconnect method available. Their extreme thinness makes them very well suited for dynamic applications where the flex will be in constant or periodic motion. They contribute to reducing overall system complexity by facilitating assembly and eliminating wiring errors. Flexible circuits will conform to the available geometry for connections of electronics located on different planes within the finished electronic device. This capability is sometimes referred to as 3D packaging.

Posted in: Medical, White Papers, MDB