Special Coverage

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

In 10 years, will brain-controlled UAVs support critical applications?

In this week’s INSIDER story, researcher Panagiotis Artemiadis predicted that we will see an increase in brain-controlled UAVs within the next ten years. The mind-controlled drones, according to the Arizona State University professor, will play critical application roles as noninvasive sensors become cheaper and more robust. Do you agree?

In 10 years, will brain-controlled UAVs support critical applications?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Aerospace, Aviation
Read More >>

Researchers Print the Unprintable: Kapton

Kapton, a material used in electronics and aerospace applications, has only been available in sheet form. Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to 3D-print a polymer with Kapton's structural characteristics.

Posted in: News, News, Aerospace, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
Read More >>

Sound-Off: How Does Recycled Powder Impact a 3D-Printed Part?

In the additive manufacturing process, leftover powder is often recycled for the next job. Do the raw materials degrade with time and exposure?

Posted in: News, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
Read More >>

Sound-Off: Who is Using 3D Printing for Thermal Management?

By reducing size and weight, 3D-printed parts provide an opportunity to improve thermal control systems. So which major industries are leading the way and using additive manufacturing to stabilize product temperatures?

Posted in: News, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
Read More >>

Current and Emerging Regulations for the Sterilization of Medical Devices

Specific to Ethylene Oxide, ISO11135:2014 (Sterilization of health-care products - Ethylene oxide - Requirements for the development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices) transition period has expired and is now fully in effect. In this Webinar, consultants will address the upcoming Amendment to Annex E, the methodology for Single Batch Release. Also reviewed will be relevant ISO committee activities and the status of ISO10993/7 (Biological evaluation of medical devices -- Ethylene oxide sterilization residuals), and emerging regulations relating to personnel exposure to EO.

Posted in: Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Medical
Read More >>

Would you use MatchPoint?

This week’s INSIDER story featured a gesture-recognition technology that transforms everyday objects into remote controls. What do you think? Would you use MatchPoint?

Posted in: Question of the Week
Read More >>

Product of the Month: October 2017

ANSYS, Canonsburg, PA, introduced ANSYS® Discovery Live™ simulation software that allows engineers to immediately examine the impact of their design changes. Users can pose what-if questions upfront in the design process to rapidly explore thousands of design options and receive immediate feedback. The software supports fluids, structural, and thermal simulation applications, enabling engineers to experiment with design ideas and see instant feedback. Users can run an analysis-first approach as they design, allowing them to iterate with a 3D model, and interactively explore the impact of simple and complex changes. The environment provides users with instant simulation results, tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling. The simulation technology is based on the parallel nature of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs).

Posted in: Products, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Software
Read More >>

The Use of Parylene as an Advanced Conformal Coating for Increased Reliability

Heightened demands for performance and reliability often require conformal coating solutions to provide protection from threatening environments. This is particularly true in the dynamic world of electronic devices where increased complexity on smaller and smaller components poses new challenges for design and manufacturing engineers alike. Device and component manufacturers often seek key competitive advantages through the use of conformal coatings, with the driving force to enhance one or more specific properties. Included may be electrical and barrier properties, dry film lubricity or biocompatibility.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Coatings & Adhesives
Read More >>

3D Printing’s Impact on the Value Chain

Over the past several decades, 3D printing has expanded into markets in unique ways as innovators have embraced the technology. It wasn’t until the last few years, however, that its potential has been more broadly realized. During this awakening, there has been a rise in claims that the technology will disrupt traditional value chains. However, most businesses who utilize 3D printing have not yet witnessed changes due to a slow moving shift in corporate leaders’ understanding of the technology’s business value.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
Read More >>

Will "print-and-go" structures lead to printable robots?

As seen in this week's Tech Briefs TV video, MIT researchers envision many possibilities for devices that self-fold without external stimuli.

Do you?

Will "print-and-go" structures lead to printable robots?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Robotics
Read More >>

The U.S. Government does not endorse any commercial product, process, or activity identified on this web site.