Manufacturing & Prototyping

SWIR Camera

The XEVA-2.35-320 TE4 from Xenics (Leuven, Belgium), a thermoelectrically cooled infrared camera features T2SL infrared detection technology and delivers superb performance in the 1.0 to 2.35 μm wavelength region for hyperspectral imaging or laser beam analysis. The new XEVA-2.35- 320 TE4 digital camera delivers 14-bit images at high frame rates of 100 Hz, 350 Hz or higher in windowing mode. It consists of a 320 × 256 T2SL detector array with pixel pitch of 30 μm at a pixel operability ratio of > 99%. The detector head is cooled with a four-stage thermoelectrical cooling element, operating down to 220K, and is integrated into one single compact housing with all control and communication electronics.

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Fiber Optic Cleaning Tools

MicroCare Corporation (New Britain, CT) has introduced the newest additions to its STICKLERS® family of fiber optic cleaning tools. Sticklers® CleanClicker™ push-to-clean tools contain more than 750 cleaning “clicks” and can clean both male jumpers and female ports. CleanClicker™ tools are available in three sizes: for the 2.5mm configurations, the 1.2mm configurations, and the fast-growing MTP/MPO design often used in data centers, central offices and cable TV head ends. Pressure applied to the end-face is reduced, which minimizes the chance of scratching the end-face or damaging the connector.

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All-Organic Electroactive Device Fabricated with Single- Wall Carbon Nanotube Film Electrode

These devices have applications as electromechanical sensors, sonar, medical and optical devices, artificial muscles, and noise control. Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia A novel, all-organic electroactive device system has been fabricated with a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film used as an alternative electrode. This system was fabricated with LaRC-Electro Active Polymer (LaRC-EAP) active layer and the SWCNT films by pressing at 600, 3,000, and 6,000 psi (≈4.1, 20.7, and 41.4 MPa, respectively). Silicone elastomer plates (3-mm thick) were used on the press plate surfaces for better contact adhesion between the SWCNT film and the actuating layer. This polymeric electroactive device layered with the SWCNT-FE (SWCNT-Film Electrode) can serve as an actuator. The density (or modulus) of the SWCNT-FE can be controlled by adjusting the fabrication pressure. It is anticipated that less dense SWCNT-FE can provide less constrain displacement of the polymeric actuating layer by matching the modulus.

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Purifying Hydrogen for a Life Support Process

An advanced hydrogen purification technology is proposed to purify hydrogen of acetylene, carbon monoxide, and other gases to enable utilization of the hydrogen for oxygen recovery. Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama NASA’s endeavor to further enable long-duration manned space exploration requires further closure of the oxygen loop of the life support system that is currently realized aboard the International Space Station. Currently, oxygen is recovered from crew-generated carbon dioxide via the use of a Sabatier carbon dioxide reduction system coupled with water electrolysis. Water is electrolyzed to form oxygen for crew consumption, as well as hydrogen. The hydrogen is reacted with carbon dioxide, forming water and waste methane gas. Since hydrogen is lost from the desired closed-loop system in the form of methane, there is insufficient hydrogen available to fully react all of the carbon dioxide, resulting in a net loss of oxygen from the loop. In order to further close the oxygen loop, NASA has been developing an advanced plasma pyrolysis technology that further reduces the waste methane to higher hydrocarbons in order to better utilize the hydrogen for oxygen recovery.

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Low-Pressure Casting of Bulk Metallic Glasses for Gears and Other Applications

Applications include the automotive, aeronautics, aerospace, robotics, commercial, and military/defense industries. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California With the correct selection of composition, some bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have been demonstrated that have excellent combinations of hardness, fracture toughness, and wear resistance so that their use in gears and gearboxes is a potentially commercially viable application. For BMGs to be used as a low-cost alternative to steel gears, rapid fabrication strategies are needed to cast the BMGs into net-shaped gears that require little or no post-casting machining prior to use. Die casting, suction casting, and other cold-mold casting techniques have been widely demonstrated for BMGs in the past, but the unique nature of gears precludes traditional techniques from being used in an optimal way.

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Medical 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Going From Why to How

3D printing has been utilized in the medical industry for over 20 years. In recent years, the number of applications, utilization, and utility have increased exponentially. This increase has been driven by two key factors: (1) crossing the chasm from “how to print” to “why adopt 3D printing and additive manufacturing”, and (2) the dramatically increased selection of technologies and materials that meet the needs of medical professionals.

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Designing for the DMLS Process

Direct Metal Laser Sintering is an emerging additive manufacturing technology that has great potential to change the way parts are manufactured.

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