A comprehensive library of technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories covering all aspects of innovations in electronics, software, photonics, imaging, motion control, automation, sensors, test, materials, manufacturing, mechanical, and mechatronics.

Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
High-Color-Purity 3D Printing
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Advanced Supercritical Water Oxidation Reactor
This technology has potential across many industries including water reclamation and treatment, and waste destruction in liquid waste streams.
By converting CO2 into complex hydrocarbon products, a new catalyst could aid in large-scale efforts to recycle excess carbon dioxide.
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse-engineer it.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Charging Port for Autonomous Drone Swarms
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
The stretchable electronics are more stable as they change shape, which could lead to next-generation sensors for healthcare applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithms Improve Quadrotor Drone Performance
The algorithms enable drones to quickly switch between hover and forward flight.
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printing of Sensors Directly on Expanding Organs
The technique could have applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19.
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Copolymer Removes Toxins from Water

Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture, and destroy perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of federally regulated substances nicknamed “the forever...

A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Adding polymers and fireproofing to a battery’s current collectors makes it lighter, safer, and about 20% more efficient.
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Flexible, Thin-Film Battery

Computers or smartphones with folding screens, smart clothing, and wearable sensors all require an energy source, which is usually a lithium-ion battery. These are typically heavy and rigid, making them...

Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Compact Infrared Spectrometer
This device fits on a computer chip but can analyze infrared light in the same way as a conventional spectrometer.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing with Wood-Based Ink
By emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, green products such as clothes, packaging, and furniture can be manufactured with unique properties.
This tool provides faster and more detailed composite damage simulation results.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wafer-Scale Membrane Release Process
This process fabricates thin dielectric membranes with high mechanical yields.
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.
The material could help protect both civilian and military personnel in earthquakes.
This quantum language is the first of its kind that is as elegant, simple, and safe as classical computer languages.
The sensor is suitable for both overt and covert applications, and can detect multiple and variable targets.

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