Electronic Components
Creating Stretchy Conductors for Flexible Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 09 September 2015
A team of engineers at Washington State University, Pullman, discovered how to stretch metal films used in flexible electronics to twice their size without breaking, which they say, could lead to dramatic improvements in flexible electronics. This may advance applications in bendable batteries, robotic skins, wearable monitoring devices and sensors, and connected fabrics.
DoD Pushes for Wearable Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Patient Monitoring on Tuesday, 08 September 2015
As part of a Department of Defense effort to partner with industry and academia to ensure that the US continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Obama administration will award a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics to a consortium of 162 companies, universities, and non-profits led by the FlexTech Alliance.
Converting Cotton Fabric into Transistors
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring on Monday, 13 July 2015
A team of fiber scientists at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, have created cotton fabric that, they say, can kill bacteria, conduct electricity, ward off malaria, capture harmful gas, and weave transistors into clothing. They explain that cotton, a cellulose-based material, can be controlled one atom at a time. Instead of adding electronics to fabrics, they have converted cotton fibers into electronic components like transistors and thermistors.
3D Printing with Copper and Gold Achieved
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Metals, Patient Monitoring on Thursday, 18 June 2015
A team of scientists from the University of Twente in The Netherlands has discovered a way to 3D print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets. These droplets are made by melting a thin metal film using a pulsed laser. They say that this technology would allow manufacturing of entirely new devices and components.
Heart-Powered Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Metals, Plastics, Implants & Prosthetics on Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created thin, flexible electronic devices that efficiently harvest the mechanical energy from natural motions of the human body. In addition to advances in materials processing to enable fabrication of these thin film devices, accurate analytical models were developed to predict electrical output of mechanical energy harvesting devices as a function of key design parameters and materials properties.
Fundamentals of Heat Pipes: Theory, Design Applications
Posted in On-Demand Webinars, Electronic Components, Electronics on Thursday, 14 May 2015
With increased power requirements and reducing packaging size, thermal management is critical for to ensure optimum performance of key electronics in military, medical and other commercial applications. Heat Pipes, which are ‘super conductors’ of heat, are now being more frequently utilized to solve these challenging heat issues. Although heat pipes have been around for decades, many new applications for them continue to emerge.
Reducing Interconnection Weight in Autosports
Posted in Articles, Electronic Components, Electronics, Composites, Fiber Optics on Wednesday, 01 April 2015
In Formula 1 and other autosports, weight reduction is critical to competitive advantage. A few grams saved here and a few more saved there can add up to significant savings. There is also a move toward high-density packaging of electronics parts. As the electronics content of cars increases, the natural drive is to miniaturize the package to gain maximum efficiency in the use of space.