Question of the Week : Green Design & Manufacturing
Would You Use Carl Yee’s ‘Disappearing Ink?’

Our second INSIDER story today features a purposefully “lousy ink” – one that slowly fades after being printed. The gradual disappearance of the ink allows the paper to be used again and again.

Read the article, and let us know what you think.

This week's Question: Would...

White Papers : Automotive
The Importance of Testing to Detect GNSS Vulnerabilities in Intelligent Transportation Systems

Understanding how GNSS receivers perform in different environments and under different threat conditions is key to identify problems and determine their impact on your overall system. So long as a GNSS receiver is part of a car, train or ship, you...

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Now Deploying from the ISS: A Harpoon, A Net, and Other Ideas for Cleaning Up Space Debris
Richard Duke spoke with Tech Briefs about the nature of the space-junk problem — and how his team plans to fix it.
White Papers : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Using Accelerated Tests to Compare Recurring Leakages in Rotary Shaft Seals

Danfoss Power Solutions designed a test to optimize the shaft seal design for the Orbital X product series — meaning customers can be confident in expecting less occurrences of leakage in the field. They targeted specific components of the Orbital X motors to find...

On-Demand Webinars : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Progressing to Level 3 Autonomy: Sensor Integration with Machine Learning Autonomy

As personal vehicles move toward the increased sophistication of SAE Level 3 autonomy, more advanced sensors are required, as is their ability to collaborate onboard machine-intelligence capabilities. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of SAE International...

On-Demand Webinars : Automotive
Connecting the Connected Car

The connected car has the power to shake up the auto industry as profoundly as the first Model T. The implications for the connected car revolution – and the outlook for its growth – are strongly positive. IHS Automotive predicts that sales of connected cars will grow by six-fold globally through 2020. By then,...

INSIDER : Motion Control
Tiny Curiosity Motor Identifies a Massive Martian Dust Storm

An unexpected source recently identified a global Martian dust storm. The source was an actuator, or motor, that powers a lid to a funnel that takes in samples of powdered Martian...

White Papers : Medical
Full-Color 3D Printing, Poised to Change the Game for Businesses Everywhere

While full-color 3D printing has been around for many years, it is now gaining meaningful traction. In part this is because next-generation technologies are entering the market, offering capabilities that improve quality and performance, while at the same time helping to...

On-Demand Webinars : Software
Design and Assessment of a 5G Base Station using Massive MIMO for Fixed Wireless Access

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is one of the key applications expected to benefit from 5G networks. New spectrum at millimeter wave frequencies and new technologies such as MIMO beamforming offer both opportunities and challenges for design and deployment. In...

On-Demand Webinars : Materials
From Launchpad to Landing: Next Generation Materials for Mars and Beyond

Today's aerospace companies have set their sights on traveling further than ever before. To achieve that goal, they are developing spacecraft with record speed. The volume of components being produced has increased to match. Reusability of components is more important than...

Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Carl Yee invented a new kind of "Invisible Ink," so he could print paper without the guilt.
White Papers : Photonics/Optics
Virtual Prototypes Speed Time to Market for Solid-State Lidar

Lidar is one of the most important optical technologies in the race toward mainstream self-driving cars. Most of the innovation of lidar systems in the automotive industry is focused on creating solid-state systems and reducing the movement of the mechanism that scans the laser beam...

White Papers : Test & Measurement
Analyzing Thin Films for Semiconductor Development

Getting a complete analytical picture of ALD grown ultra-thin films is no easy feat. It requires multiple analytical techniques to look at the composition, thickness, surface coverage and band gap which are necessary to look at failure analysis of semiconductors or improve semiconductor...

Question of the Week : Materials
Will Paint-On coatings Become a Popular Way to Cool Down Buildings?

Our lead INSIDER story today featured a paint-on polymer that cools down buildings, through a process known as passive daytime radiative cooling.

Read the article, and let us know what you think.

This week’s Question: Will Paint-On coatings Become a Popular Way...

White Papers : Semiconductors & ICs
View the New Edition of the Newark Element14 Tech Journal

Take a closer look at device power requirements, how to calculate battery life accurately and the factors affecting the battery life of IoT devices. Read about various types of energy harvesting technologies and ways you can reduce an edge device’s power to a level where energy...

White Papers : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Understanding Programmable Resistors for Sensor Simulation in Test

If you think about it, sensors control much of our daily lives. Sensors ensure that the food in your refrigerator stays cold, count your steps on a smartphone, and even protects you in an automobile accident. So many devices in our personal lives as well as in business and other...

Blog : Imaging
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
How will the use of AR and virtual prototypes impact the role of automotive parts manufacturers? A reader asks our expert.
On-Demand Webinars : Materials
Using Aluminum Extrusion to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow’s Vehicles

In the past five years, the aluminum extrusion content in the average North American auto or light truck has increased by nearly 50%, to about 40 pounds per vehicle. Today extrusions are found in a wide range of applications – from crash management systems, to structure,...

INSIDER : Software
Robots Can Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It

Students at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed Dense Object Nets (DON), a system that lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand...

INSIDER : Software
Students Create Computer Chip Security Fix

A tool developed by Dartmouth computer science graduate students tackles a widespread hardware hacking threat. They are coming to grips with a design flaw that ultimately falls into the province of...

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Benefits of Automating Medical Device Manufacturing

Medical devices are specialized and often highly engineered products that must be produced according to tight health and safety regulations while delivering an acceptable return on investment. A key strategy is to automate the production of medical devices. Industrial automation has spread to...

On-Demand Webinars : Energy
Removing Thermal Bottlenecks with Passive Thermal Management Tools and Tactics

As device power levels increase and foot prints decrease, Design Engineers are facing increasingly difficult thermal management challenges. This webinar will...

Blog : Materials
An Alternative to Air Conditioning: A Paint-On Polymer That Cools Down Your Building
A new solution, applied like paint, cools down rooftops, buildings, water tanks, vehicles, and even spacecraft.
White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion System Causing You Pain?

Putting together a motion control system that meets your requirements for speed, accuracy, and flexibility can often be a challenge. Many factors play a role in the sizing and selection of each element of the system, including the actuator. Cycle time, required thrust, and life expectancy are a few of the major...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Four Principal Tests for Evaluating the Safety of Electrical and Electronic Products

In the electronics business, product safety compliance is a top priority for manufacturers throughout the world. In order to create products that are considered “safe” and “reliable,” all electronic products must undergo rigorous testing to ensure that...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing: Industrial vs. Desktop

Over the past few decades, 3D printing has grown from an emerging technology to an essential manufacturing process. Its ability to quickly build complex parts for both prototyping and end-use production has made it a critical development tool, as companies try to keep pace with shortening product life...

Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
What NASA Spin-Off Stands Out to You?

NASA technologies have led to many of the commercial products and innovative solutions we use every day, from memory foam and freeze-dried foods to exercise equipment and water purifiers. The October issue of Tech Briefs showcased a number of these NASA spinoffs.

Read the Tech Briefs feature article,...

Podcasts : Aerospace
Here's an Idea: Asteroids
To spot asteroids requires a community — one made up of everyone from NASA professionals to amateur astronomers to engineers at government labs.
Blog : Imaging
Q&A: How Robert Holmes Finds Near-Earth Asteroids from His Home-Built Observatories
Robert Holmes spoke with Tech Briefs about his path from "amateur" astronomer to NASA pro.
On-Demand Webinars : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Case Study: Integrated Mechanical Testing With Non-contact Measurement Solutions

Trilion Quality Systems has partnered with MTS Systems to offer an array of test solutions that combine MTS loading solutions with ARAMIS non-contact sensors.