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: Electronics & Computers
VoroCrust v.1.0 Meshing Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Device Tests Drugs on Tumor Tissue
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method Enables Conductive Gels to Stick When Wet
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Foldable Mechanical Devices
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Autonomic and Apoptotic Highly Distributed System
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Transportation
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
Manufacturers, medical device companies, and others can use this 3D printing software driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
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.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method for Electrospinning Customizable Nanofibers
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.

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