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Latest Tech Briefs

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Area Rapid 3D Printing
This new 3D printer can print an object the size of an adult human in just a couple of hours.
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Maximizing Safety in Advanced Battery Systems
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-Reliability Radio Frequency MEMS Switch
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
This method could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second.
Housed in a chip, it lets IoT devices communicate with existing WiFi networks.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Process Produces Highly Porous Glass Objects
The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.
The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Briefs : Wearables
Oxygen Sensor for Sick Infants
A mobile, wearable device the size of a Band-Aid could allow babies to leave the hospital and be monitored from home.
The lenses can prevent dry eyes and may be used for drug delivery.
These electrode implants will allow people with a dysfunctional inner ear to hear again.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Low-Inductance DC Power Bus
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Magnetic Shield Using Proximity Coupled, Spatially Varying Superconducting Order Parameters
This magnetic shielding design can be easily incorporated into a wide range of electronic sensing applications.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flap Device for Airframe Noise Reduction
This trailing edge flap device reduces noise without compromising cruise efficiency or landing lift and stall characteristics.
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.

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