Keyword: Manufacturing equipment and machinery

Articles: Imaging

Potato chips, cell phones, razors, and baby diapers are just a few of the many everyday items made with the help of industrial machine vision. In fact, any product...

Briefs: Physical Sciences

The recent development of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) focal plane arrays (FPAs) capable of imaging visible and shortwave infrared (SWIR) wavelengths has yielded a...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automated Rapid Prototyping of 3D Ceramic Parts

An automated system of manufacturing equipment produces three-dimensional (3D) ceramic parts specified by computational models of the parts. The system implements an advanced, automated version of a generic rapid-prototyping process in which the fabrication of an object having a possibly complex 3D...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Intelligent fasteners with embedded microprocessors remotely controlled by wireless tools or a data network can advance the speed, flexibility, flow, and cost...

Briefs: Physical Sciences

Conventional commercial spectrometers or spectrophotometers are usually able to measure optical spectrum from a specified surface area at one...

Briefs: Software
Program Improves Transfer of Data From CAD to Machine Shops

The EMNet computer program has been developed to overcome the difficulties and reduce the errors that, heretofore, have been encountered in transferring data from computer-aided design (CAD) systems to computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines. EMNet could improve operations in...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

In today's manufacturing world, the need for ultraprecise position measurement and control grows as feature sizes shrink in the semiconductor industry and the world of...

Briefs: Motion Control

The linear motor was invented in the mid-nineteenth century, at much the same time as its brother, the rotating electric motor. Because the linear motor always has to effect a reversing movement -...

Briefs: Physical Sciences

Programmable multizone furnaces with enhanced designs have been proposed for use in processing materials by directional solidification or, optionally, by related techniques of...

Briefs: Motion Control

The automated propellant-blending machine, a Johnson Space Center (JSC) innovation, refines the production processes of commercial rocket-propellant manufacturers by: (1) generating inert blends that...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The need for improved investment castings at Marshall Space Flight Center's Rapid Prototyping Lab has led to the development of a simple machine for centrifugal investment casting of shells....

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

A great increase in the effectiveness of fiber optic systems is possible with a device that allows for simultaneous two-way signalling of multiple data streams on a single optical...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A friction stir weld (FSW) system for welding and weld repair can be used on the manufacturing floor, as well as in the laboratory environment. This FSW system can be used in a wide...