Manufacturing & Prototyping

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

The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
Inspired by parasites, the tiny needles could help eliminate painful shots.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Electronics Cooling Using Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
Briefs: Energy
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Room-Temperature Magnon Switch
This approach could lead to entirely new and more efficient logic switches for computer chips.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D-Printed Glucose Biosensors
These biosensors could lead to improved glucose monitors for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
This material could have applications such as mixing and delivery in the pharmaceutical industry.
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Automates Blood Drawing and Testing
The device provides quick results and gives healthcare workers more time to treat patients in hospitals and other settings.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biohybrid Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into New Products
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.

Scientists have reinvented a 26,000-year-old manufacturing process into an innovative approach to fabricating ceramic materials widely used in batteries, electronics, and extreme environments....

An automated system cuts the energy required for training and running neural networks.
The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
'Artificial Leaf' Produces Clean Gas
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.

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