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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
Briefs: Materials
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis as well as manmade infrasonic sources such as boats.
Briefs: Materials
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Electronics & Computers
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Briefs: Imaging
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Briefs: Imaging
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: Materials
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: Materials
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
Briefs: Communications
Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces dramatically increases the amount of data wireless systems can transmit.
Briefs: Materials
The functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
Briefs: Wearables
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technique could have applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Materials
By emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, green products such as clothes, packaging, and furniture can be manufactured with unique properties.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wafer-Scale Membrane Release Process
This process fabricates thin dielectric membranes with high mechanical yields.
Briefs: Materials
A newly developed architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.
Briefs: Software
Additive Manufacturing Automated Process Planning Software
The software automatically maps designs from CAD software to additive manufacturing to help cut unnecessary steps.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.

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