Billy's Blog

On Billy's Blog, Billy Hurley, Digital Editorial Manager, writes stories about new and innovative achievements in design engineering, from industrial robots and autonomous vehicles to 3D printers and see-through solar cells. Along with other Tech Briefs writers and editors, Billy shares his opinions, poses questions to readers, and finds the fun, interesting, and unexpected stories behind today's leading-edge inventions.

A Navy Sea Glider can look for a target in mid-air or underwater.
As always, the Air Force Research Laboratory had a huge presence at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.
You think riding your Harley Davidson is exciting? Try the ElectraFly.
Taxi! A steady stream of AUVSI XPONENTIAL attendees got to see Bell's new air vehicle up close.

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

Some parts should be CNC machined, and some parts should be 3D printed. Our expert compares the two manufacturing processes.
A new 3D printed device turns snowfall into electricity.
Researchers created transparent polythene sheets that have a strength greater than aluminum – at a fraction of the weight.
The 3D-printing process has a number of steps. Find out where CT scanning should fall.
Dr. Peter Cavanagh talks with Tech Briefs about his journey in the 1980s as he turned a running shoe into a tracking computer.
On day one of the Automate show in Chicago, Stäubli introduced its new TS2 four-axis robots to the North American market.
The dyed threads change color when they detect a variety of gases.
Cobots can help manufacturers automate tasks both known or unknown, says engineer Israel Nunez.
The MIT system can monitor the behavior of electronic devices within a building, a factory – and even a 270-foot Coast Guard cutter.
A reader asks: What types of considerations need to be made before you go in on collaborative robots?
The sensor supports new ideas in food-quality control, environmental monitoring, and more.
It took two and a half years, 60 prototypes, and even some of his children’s craft foam, but Curtis Ray turned his idea into invention.
A new technology may lead to a more mainstream use of algal biofuels.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
Readers Select 2018 Products of the Year
See which three products won our 2018 Readers' Choice contest.
Your design idea could win you $20,000.
The wearable is fireproof, thanks to a carbon aerogel nanocomposite material.
With self-driving vehicles poised to take the road, how can today’s engineers prepare themselves to support an autonomous future?
Tesla uses batteries to store energy underneath the car seats. What if we could store energy everywhere on the vehicle?
Graphene may play a greater role in tomorrow electronics, thanks to an achievement from the Technical University of Denmark.
How do you regulate a system that, in effect, is learning as it goes?
Even a shape-morphing plane is possible, says Harvard's Ehsan Hajiesmaili.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Rubber Repairs Itself
A new material development from USC brings us a step closer to self-healing sneakers.
By adding nanopores to nickel, James Pikul and his team created a kind of "metallic wood."
A Failure Analysis may help find problems during product development, but what role should top management play in an FMEA?

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