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Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines

Do you see valuable applications for 3D-printed Kapton?

Our lead INSIDER story today showcased a new Kapton-like material, developed by a team at Virginia Tech. The researchers hope that the 3D-printed polymer will support new applications, including deep space exploration.

"We're only used to designing a product and then wrapping it in this foil," engineer Chris Williams told Tech Briefs. "The fun part now is to actually show this to a designer and get them to start dreaming about what is possible."

What do you think? Do you see valuable applications for 3D-printed Kapton?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
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Wired for Success: Advanced Materials for Next-Gen Medical Devices

Advances in material science enable engineers to develop better solutions to design challenges, and Fort Wayne Metals has long been on the forefront on developing improved materials.

Posted in: Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Medical
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Product of the Month: September 2017

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middletown, CT, announced the OEM-2306 non-contact linear displacement measuring instrument using eddy current technology. The board is factory-configured for each specific setup, enabling its integration into OEM equipment. It serves as a replacement for LVDTs, air gauges, dial indicators, and micrometers. Features include resolution of 0.01%FS, frequency response of 50 KHz (-3 dB point), nonlinearity <1%FS typical, thermal sensitivity standard 0.1%FS/°F, and output options of 0-10 VDC (standard) and 0-5 VDC, ±5 VDC. Many aspects of the physical configuration and calibration of the instrument can be specified and customized to the needs of each OEM application, including extending the sensor cable, extended range calibration, temperature compensation calibration, and sensor customization.

Posted in: Products, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors
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Mathematical Modeling of Lithium-Ion Cells

In Conjunction with SAE

If you are interested in modeling lithium-ion cells in COMSOL Multiphysics®, then tune into this webinar. In this presentation, you will learn about using COMSOL Multiphysics® to develop a physics-based lithium-ion cell model from guest speaker Dr. Ralph White, professor of chemical engineering and a distinguished scientist at the University of South Carolina.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Electronics
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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Increased road awareness is a critical component for driver safety and the future of self-driving cars. Our newest Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) products enable high-performing camera systems with robust, compact, and flexible communication links. This new ADAS design guide shows how Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) SerDes devices will help you design safer, smarter cars of the future.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Cameras, Sensors
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Imaging technique to improve understanding of Alzheimer's

Researchers have developed a fast and practical molecular-scale imaging technique that could let scientists view never-before-seen dynamics of biological processes involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Multispectral imaging reveals ancient Hebrew inscription

Using advanced imaging technology, Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered a hitherto invisible inscription on the back of a pottery shard that has been on display at the Israel Museum for more than 50 years.

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Video imaging of single molecule DNA replication

Almost all life is based on DNA being copied or replicated. Now for the first time, scientists have been able to watch the replication of a single DNA molecule, with some surprising findings. For one thing, there is a lot more randomness at work than has been thought.

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New cellular imaging paves way for cancer treatment

Researchers at the Universities of York and Leiden have pioneered a technique that uses fluorescent imaging to track the actions of key enzymes in cancer, genetic disorders, and kidney disease. Scientists hope this new development will aid drug design for new anti-cancer, inflammation, and kidney disease treatments. It will also provide diagnostic tools for disease identification and allow medical professionals to measure the effectiveness of drug treatment regimes in an easy laboratory manner.

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Characterization for Research: Improving Speed and Accuracy

New materials and devices provide constant challenges to researchers as they aim to achieve the most accurate measurements possible and extract relevant parameters without wasting time. Researchers need to know both how to find new parameters quickly and how to improve the quality of current tests to meet constantly shrinking specifications.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Research Lab
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