Articles : Photonics/Optics
Advances in Laser Welding Technology

There have been many changes in laser technology over the past 30 years. With each advancement comes new challenges and opportunities. The CO2 laser with 10-micron wavelength was king for many...

Researchers at the University of Houston have created an inexpensive system that can detect lead in tap water at levels commonly accepted as dangerous, using a lens made with an...

Since Robert Hooke's microscopic observations of cork cells in the 17th century, optical imaging has proven an indispensable technique in elucidating the pathophysiology of diseases. Perhaps the real...

Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Lighting the Gas Monkey Garage

Gas Monkey Garage (GMG) is arguably America's most recognized hot rod shop. Founded in 2004 by charismatic serial entrepreneur Richard Rawlings, the Dallas, Texas garage is a state-of-the-art restoration and...

Products : Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: May 2019 Tech Briefs

S. Himmelstein and Company, Hoffman Estates, IL, announced Model 700+ Series signal conditioners that are flexible, one- or two-channel signal conditioners/displays. They feature user-settable...

On-Demand Webinars : Materials
How to Choose the Right Adhesive for Your Medical Device Application

Selecting an adhesive for a medical device application can be challenging. Learn how to navigate the selection process while keeping in mind service conditions, desired properties and processing constraints. Find out more about two of the most important industry standards for...

You think riding your Harley Davidson is exciting? Try the ElectraFly.
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White Papers : Motion Control
Extending Your Robot's Reach: Learn How to Use Linear Axis Systems to Increase the Positioning Range

The future of manufacturing and automation will focus on reducing manual operations, extending machinery ranges, increasing productivity, and reducing costs. Handling applications often include long distances between machines, such as with...

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robots Created with 3D Printers

Recent advances in material science have enabled the fabrication of robots with deformable bodies or the ability to reshape when touched, but the complex design, fabrication, and control of soft robots...

On-Demand Webinars : Photonics/Optics
OpenVPX Technology: Roadmap to the Future

The U.S. Department of Defense and other users are demanding the implementation of open standards and interoperability. VPX specifications have largely been focused at the board level, but there is also a need for considering system-level requirements to improve interoperability and reduce customization,...

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rugged Network Attached Storage – your questions answered!

This document provides a review of Network Attached Storage (NAS) applications, and discusses the features which should be considered when specifying a NAS requirement. NAS Devices are then compared with Data Recorders and Direct Attached Storage (DAS). The final part of the document...

White Papers : Semiconductors & ICs
IC Design: Preparing for the Next Node

Despite the rumors of Moore’s law dying or falling behind, it seems that most of the semiconductor industry continues to push forward to new process nodes and increasingly complex designs. The challenges of preparing for the next node are truly immense for the foundries, the design companies and the EDA...

Tech Talks : Automotive
Transitioning from Physical to Virtual Automotive Testing Using Virtual Microcontrollers

New, more powerful microcontrollers are becoming available to serve the increasing performance, application-specific needs, and software content demand of automotive domain controllers in powertrain and ADAS. Developers of such systems need to start...

White Papers : Medical
Benefits of Using Glass Components in Biotechnology, Medical Device, Point-of-Care & Pharmaceutical Industries

Glass is a clean and inexpensive material that is easily manufactured for One-Time Use Applications frequently required in the medical field. Many advances in manufacturing technology have brought forth new products made from glass...

For the first time, researchers have 3D printed a unique material that demonstrates optical transparency in the mid-infrared range: chalcogenide glass.

On-Demand Webinars : Electronics & Computers
How to Avoid PCB Re-spins when IC’s Change or are Obsoleted

Working with printed circuit boards (PCBs) for sophisticated military, aerospace, or medical systems can be a frustrating – and expensive – exercise, particularly when the customer requests “a simple upgrade” or modification after the boards have been made or after deployment....

Some parts should be CNC machined, and some parts should be 3D printed. Our expert compares the two manufacturing processes.
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will Flying Cars Support 'Sustainable Mobility?'

This week on Tech Briefs TV: A study published in Nature Communications found that flying cars could play a role in sustainable mobility for longer trips. See what the University of Michigan authors had to say. See what the University of Michigan authors had to say.

White Papers : Automotive
Tolerance Rings Can Save Your Design When Mounting Ball Bearings

These unique circular fasteners can secure and mount ball bearings within housings or to shafts by exerting radial holding forces. A series of equally spaced waves or corrugations formed into their circumference act as springs to retain ball bearings in place. The amount of...

White Papers : Automotive
How mmWave Radar Will Influence Autonomous Driving Systems

Automotive radar is today’s leading sensing technology for increasing driving safety in all environmental conditions. Advanced automotive radar takes advantage of 76 – 81Ghz band higher frequency and 5 Ghz wider bandwidth for better resolutions, smaller and lighter sensor design, for...

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Complimentary White Paper on the Basics of Bellows Couplings

In case you haven't read it yet, R+W would like to recommend this short technical article describing the how and why of torsionally rigid bellows couplings. This white paper will cover where they come from, how they're made, proper sizing techniques, why people use them, and more....

Podcasts : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Here's an Idea: Sports
In this episode, we explore how sensors are being used to detect concussions, track player performance, and even provide new opportunities to bet.
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Student-Built Satellite Tests 3D Printing

A group of undergrad students at Virginia Tech has built a CubeSat satellite with a 3D-printed side panel that includes temperature gauges to test how the material will hold up in space. The...

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot

Blue – a low-cost, human-friendly robot – was designed with durable, plastic parts and high-performance motors that total less than $5,000 to manufacture and assemble. Its arms are sensitive to outside...

NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resilient and autonomous systems. The proposals create two multi-disciplinary,...

A new 3D printed device turns snowfall into electricity.
White Papers : Automotive
Green Light on Lidar

For driverless cars to see mainstream adoption, engineers must solve lidar design challenges including detection range and field of view, adaptability to environmental factors, and safety. Engineering teams are debating the best design choices, with no clear winner.

Researchers created transparent polythene sheets that have a strength greater than aluminum – at a fraction of the weight.
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Environment and PCBs

We assume that PCBs are made to endure all types of environments. However, unless designed and manufactured appropriately for its specific situation, the environment can shorten the life of a PCB. By taking careful and adequate precautions, it is possible to keep the longevity of a PCB’s life and keep the system...

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