Breaking Barriers in 3D Printing

Recently, I had the opportunity to see next-generation manufacturing technologies in use that truly demonstrate “a significant leap forward,” as Ilan Levin, CEO of Stratasys stated. On display for the first time to the public at last month’s IMTS show in Chicago, the Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator and Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator present a customer-centric approach to 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping


OSIRIS-REx Begins its Journey

NASA’s first asteroid sampling mission launched into space on September 8, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security- Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is designed to rendezvous with, study, and return a sample of the asteroid Bennu to Earth.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace


Dr. Bin Chen, Materials Scientist, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Dr. Bin Chen, Materials Scientist, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Dr. Bin Chen has led the development of nanomaterials and ultra-sensitive detection techniques. Her materials development work directly supports radiation-shielding efforts, artificial photosynthesis, and sustainable energy conversion and storage, including applications in fiber solar cells, piezoelectrics, and supercapacitors.

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Products of Tomorrow: September 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping


Product of the Month: September 2016

The PADS PCB Product Creation Platform from Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, OR, is a design creation platform that provides schematic capture, component management, simulation and analysis, PCB layout and routing, and manufacturing analysis and outputs. The platform also provides intelligent component selection and data management, definition of rules and constraints, circuit reuse, and variant creation and management during circuit creation. Capabilities include analog/mixed-signal simulation that analyzes, solves, and verifies signal integrity and DDR memory issues; rules-based electronic design rule-checking to identify EMI, SI, and PI problems; thermal analysis; constraint and variant management; ECAD/MCAD collaboration; and design for manufacturing (DFMA) analysis. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61065-120

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NASA’s Pursuit of Power

Advances in batteries and propulsion enable innovations in both terrestrial and deep-space power applications. Advances in Capacitor MaterialsElectrochemical capacitors, or supercapacitors, have gained intense interest as an alternative to traditional energy storage devices. Applications for supercapacitors range from plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to backup power sources. While the power density of supercapacitors surpasses that of batteries, commercially available batteries have a significantly higher specific energy density.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Power Management, Propulsion


Rice Crop Models Stabilize Global Markets and Enable Efficient Irrigation

NASA satellite data gives rice producers and buyers comprehensive crop projections. When global food prices spiked dramatically in late 2007 and into 2008, with the costs of many basic dietary staples doubling or even tripling, protests and riots upset much of the developing world. Following the price spike, world leaders gathered to figure out how to foresee and avert such market instabilities in the future, and a major product of those meetings was the Group on Earth Observations’ Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative, carried out by a partnership of governments and international organizations in the G20 nations. The initiative relies primarily on satellite Earth-imaging data to improve projections of crop production and weather forecasting.

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