May 2020

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
To reduce the increasing frequency of attacks, the ground-based Laser Aircraft Strike Suppression Optical System (LASSOS) has been developed by researchers from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Manufacturing and Outsourcing - May 2020

How are advances in automation/robotics, welding, 3D printing, and other fabrication technologies shaping the future of medical device manufacturing? Find out in this Special Report – a...

Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electronics Design & Assembly - May 2020

The latest advances in chip and board-level design and manufacturing are spotlighted in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology...

Briefs: Transportation
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
Briefs: Wearables
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This NASA center hosts the world’s greatest collection of wind tunnels and flight simulation facilities
Briefs: Materials
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Briefs: Software
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Q&A: Green Design & Manufacturing
A new process will reduce the cost of manufacturing graphene by a factor of more than 100.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Articles: Imaging
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
Briefs: Imaging
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Products: Test & Measurement
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Aspheric lenses greatly improve the performance and efficiency of a wide range of optical applications.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
Briefs: Propulsion
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
Briefs: Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Materials
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Imaging
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
Briefs: Medical
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Materials
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
Briefs: Defense
Computational Model Predicts Human Behavior
This analytic model shows how groups of people influence individual behavior.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This device could enable rapid, inexpensive liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans.
Products: Data Acquisition
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mobile, Wearable EEG Device with Nanowire Sensors
This low-cost electroencephalogram (EEG) device provides research-grade signal quality.
Briefs: Software
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Energy
Applications include emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and sports injuries.
Briefs: Communications
Applications include imaging, sensing, wireless communications, and medical treatments.
Briefs: Aerospace
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Wearables
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
Briefs: Communications
This device could give doctors a new therapeutic option for treating patients with conditions such as heart failure.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Protocol Improves Storage Efficiency and Output Speed of Computer Systems
This approach enables computer systems to retrieve data much faster.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The material could enable applications such as antennas that change frequencies on the fly or gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
5 Ws: Wearables
A smart jumpsuit accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Briefs: Aerospace
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Energy
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Materials
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
Briefs: Energy
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
Briefs: Energy
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Briefs: Software
This framework determines regional landslide probability in near real time.
Briefs: Medical
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Articles: Wearables
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Blog: Medical

A low-cost, low-complexity ventilator developed by NASA engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19
INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Low-Power Sealed Laser

Luxinar (Kingston Upon Hull, UK) has introduced the SR 08s for marking, scribing and kiss cutting applications requiring average rather than peak power. The...

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Will Biosensors Be Used Effectively in Crowded Environments?

A team used to making pollutant-detection systems is adapting their technologies to spot coronavirus.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

A research team has used the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, to create miniature lasers. These lasers are stable and work continuously. What...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Stanford University researchers created an inverse design codebase called SPINS that can help researchers explore different design methodologies to...

INSIDER: Materials

The future’s getting brighter for solar power. Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to...

Blog: Test & Measurement

An empty airport tells you more than you might think.

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will ‘Flexoskeletons’ Catch On?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have found a new way to make soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The “flexoskeletons” are both made of a rigid material and a thin sheet of polycarbonate that acts as a flexible base. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

What do you think? Will...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Soft Robots Reach Cheetah-Like Speeds?

Our lead INSIDER story today featured a proof-of-concept robot that moves at almost 3 body lengths a second.

Blog: Transportation
The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
News: Medical
Researchers have tested a new imaging method to understand the brain as an individual develops Alzheimer's disease.
News: Medical
Simon Fraser University researchers will use their pioneering imaging technology – called Mango, for its bright color – to develop coronavirus testing kits.
News: Medical
A new tool for medical professionals may help shed light on tumors.
News: Medical
Novel biosensors allow the simultaneous study of both neuronal activity and transcription factor dynamics.
Question of the Week: Materials
How Would You Use Gecko-Inspired Adhesion?

A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives. Principal investigator Prof. Michael Varenberg believes his team’s technology can someday be used on pick-and-place industrial machines, wall-scaling cleaners, and even small repair robots that travel...

White Papers: Nanotechnology
Introduction to 3D Printing with PµSL

Small devices that require high precision, high resolution, and high accuracy are all around us. From the electronic connectors in cellphones to the tiny valves in medical pumps, these devices aren’t...

White Papers: Defense
White Paper: 4 Approaches to Solve Today's Obsolescence Challenges in Aerospace and Defense

Test engineers spend as much as 50 percent of their time (or even more in some cases) actively dealing with obsolescence in their test program sets....

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
New software sets the stage for A.I.-enabled robotic prostheses that predict user terrain and initiate mechanical changes accordingly.

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