Materials & Manufacturing

Browse innovative developments in materials and manufacturing that significantly impact military, medical devices, automotive, and industrial manufacturing. Advances in plastics, metals, and composites are transforming 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Disrupting the Automobile Design Process
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See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
Articles: Transportation
Products of Tomorrow: April 2021
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
E-Book - Virtual Commissioning: Why New Designs Fail

Today's production systems require extensive development and validation to meet the needs of the highly competitive manufacturing industry. This is a high-risk activity and manufacturers...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Built Machines Increase Employee Safety, Speed Up Production, and Save You Money

A lot of companies shy away from custom machine builds because they believe them to be more expensive than simply selecting a pre-built off-the-shelf...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Here's an Idea: Wearables
In this episode of our Here's an Idea podcast, we speak to engineers who are building a variety of wearables. And some sensors blend in more than others.
Upcoming Webinars: Materials
Ultra-High Purity Silicone in Aerospace and Defense Product Design

The performance and stability of materials used on aircraft in extreme atmospheric temperatures have their challenges, especially when fuel exposure is inevitable. Finding the right material shouldn’t be one. In this 30-minute Webinar, an expert in fluorosilicones...

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have proposed a solution to dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries using microfluidics. The group proved that flowing ions...

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

White Papers: IoMT
Photochemical Machining: Innovative Solutions for Precision Etched Metal Parts

Complex, precision metal components are found in a variety of applications in aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, electronics, and more. The demand for...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Technology Increasingly Integrate with Nature?

“Nature is much more advanced than we are, so we should use it,” said Dr. Ben Maoz, one of a team of Tel Aviv University researchers who created a robot that uses a dead locust’s ear to “hear” electrical signals and respond to them with movement. (Read our lead story to learn...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 2021 ‘Create the Future’ Contest Begins!
The 2021 “Create the Future” Design Contest is open, and we want to hear your big ideas.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Robot ‘Hears,’ Using Ear from a Locust

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

White Papers: Transportation
Replace Hindsight with Foresight: Unlock Internal Value and Free Up Cash

Applying more than a decade of cross-industry data analysis experience, We Predict helps off-highway equipment manufacturers and operators free up cash, increase...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The New Collaboration: A Guide to Transforming Product Design

This eBook explores the “New Collaboration,” showing how today’s modern cloud-based CAD radically improves the way product development teams work together in the following...

The ability to identify hidden patterns, predict future issues, forecast usage and costs, and derive insights from IoT sensor data will reshape the industrial process forever.
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
The functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
High-Color-Purity 3D Printing
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Articles: Transportation
SAE WCX™ Digital Summit Preview
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Printable Flexible Batteries
Professor Shirley Meng explains why there's a demand for stretchable batteries.
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.
The importance of a proactive and systematic method for collecting machine and process data within a smart manufacturing environment cannot be overstated.

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