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: Materials
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Materials
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Energy
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Material for shoe bottoms could help prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.
Briefs: Materials
The technology recovers pure and precious metals from alloys in cellphones and other electrical waste.
Briefs: Materials
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
Briefs: Materials
The organic composite material is soft, stretchable, and has good thermoelectric properties for many wearable applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Prototypes show promise as a low-cost, natural filtration option.
Briefs: Propulsion
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This portable method could enable hospitals to make their own supply of the disinfectant on demand and at lower cost.
Briefs: Medical
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Materials
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new metal lattice material can be used to create models that regain shape after being crushed.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Briefs: Materials
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The supports enable the production of higher-quality, less-expensive parts via additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.

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