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: Imaging
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The software could help reduce cost and waste for companies using additive manufacturing to mass-produce parts in factories.
Briefs: Materials
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: Imaging
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.
Briefs: Materials
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Briefs: Materials
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Materials
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis as well as manmade infrasonic sources such as boats.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Materials
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Materials
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Materials
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
Briefs: Transportation
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Briefs: Wearables
This technology could be a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Edge computing, focused applications, and open connectivity let designers start with little data on their digital transformation journey.
Briefs: Imaging
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces dramatically increases the amount of data wireless systems can transmit.

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