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Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
Tech Talks : Materials
Cassette-S4: Advanced Sealing for Extreme Off-Highway Conditions

In today’s mobile machinery markets, equipment that offers long-term reliability and power is key to industrial success. Whether cultivating crops in flooded fields or digging foundations in rock-hard ground, agricultural and construction machinery is routinely exposed to...

Blog : Nanotechnology
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
Application Briefs : Materials
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Chromium Removal from PVC Filters
The process does not cause any structural changes to the PVC filter membrane.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule
Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule
This electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands.
Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
Briefs : Materials
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU): Methylotrophic Microorganisms Expressing Soluble Methane Monooxygenase Proteins
In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU): Methylotrophic Microorganisms Expressing Soluble Methane Monooxygenase Proteins
This technology enables methane metabolism by yeast.
In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU): Methylotrophic Microorganisms Expressing Soluble Methane Monooxygenase Proteins
Articles : Electronics & Computers
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool
Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool
NASA Spinoff : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
Briefs : Materials
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Briefs : Test & Measurement
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
Briefs : Materials
Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft
Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft
A carbon nanotube heat shield can better protect extremely fast aircraft.
Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling
A solvent leaches cobalt and lithium for reuse from spent batteries.
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling