Manufacturing & Prototyping

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on manufacturing and prototyping, from engineering experts at NASA and government, university, and commercial laboratories.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Scientists develop a new approach for miniaturization of soft ultra-compact and highly integrated sensor units for directional tactile sensitivity in e-skin systems.
Briefs: Materials

Micro-supercapacitors could revolutionize the way we use batteries by increasing their lifespan and enabling extremely fast charging. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D printers working in the millimeter range and larger are increasingly used in industrial production processes. Many applications, however, require precise printing on the micrometer...

Briefs: Transportation

Substances such as plastics, metals, and wax are used in 3D printers to make products and parts for larger items. Products created through the 3D printing of plastics include every-thing from...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Most conventional 3D printing processes rely on replicating a digital design model that is sliced into layers with the layers printed and assembled upward like a cake. A new...

Briefs: Energy

Living materials made by housing biological cells within a nonliving matrix have gained popularity as scientists recognize that often the most robust materials are those...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Scientists have developed a ceramic-based ink made of calcium phosphate to 3D print bone parts complete with living cells that could be used to repair damaged bone tissue. The 3D printer method is...

Briefs: Aerospace

Researchers combined additive manufacturing with conventional compression molding to produce high-performance thermoplastic composites reinforced with short carbon fibers. The approach...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A research team developed a thread made of conductive cellulose that offers practical possibilities for electronic textiles. Sewing the electrically conductive cellulose threads into...

Briefs: Nanotechnology

Researchers have developed technology to produce next-generation composite glass for lighting LEDs and smartphone, television, and computer screens. The technology was a step forward in perovskite...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

A new composition of germanosili-cate glass created by adding zinc oxide has properties good for lens applications. The new family of zinc germanosilicate glass has a high refractive index comparable...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Wearable electronic components incorporated directly into fabrics have been developed that could be used for flexible circuits, healthcare monitoring, energy conversion, and other applications....

Briefs: Wearables
A hybrid method enables 3D printing of self-powered wearable devices.
Briefs: Materials
Surgeons can use the heart model as a tool for planning and practice.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Making one kilometer of a two-lane road would use up about three million masks.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Metamaterials that manipulate microwave energy can be fabricated using low-cost inkjet printing.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The device ultimately should be able to provide accurate signals from a person who is walking, running, or climbing stairs.
Briefs: Materials
This method prints 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
Briefs: Imaging
3D micro-printing was used to develop this small, flexible scope for looking inside blood vessels.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method fabricates 3D nanostructures for electronics, manufacturing, and healthcare.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The battery is smaller than a traditional lithium-ion battery due to the elimination of dendrites.
Briefs: Energy
The material enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The advance could accelerate engineers’ design process by eliminating the need to solve complex equations.
Briefs: Wearables
3D bioprinting using bioink from engineered stem cells enables treatment of myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This testing method ensures that an exoskeleton and the person wearing it are moving smoothly and in harmony.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The aerogels safely remove contaminants from water without releasing any problematic chemical residue.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology is aimed at protecting physical targets, such as utilities and infrastructure.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A software makes industrial robots nimbler and almost as sensitive as human hands.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A remotely controlled microswimmer could navigate the human body and aid in drug delivery.

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