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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.

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tremec Mexico Reduces Shop Floor Gauging Time of Daimler Parts by 85% with Equator™ Gauges

At the Tremec Queretaro plant near Mexico City, transmission systems are produced for Daimler, Volvo, GM, John Deere, and CNH. Tremec decided that...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Discrete Proportional Valve Technology

Control valves for fluid management should ideally be capable of zero hysteresis, zero steady-state power, a leak-free off state, and a fail-safe condition in the event of power loss. Extant valves,...

Question of the Week: Green Design & Manufacturing
Will Technology Help to Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Our October Q&A in Tech Briefs highlighted an achievement from Professor Aaron Sadow of Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Sadow’s chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics, which are then used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pumps and Systems for the Automotive Industry

Cost and quality assurance are main concerns for automotive companies as well as their suppliers and service providers. Growing environmental awareness is an additional topic: How can we...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
How Plant Operators Can Use AI to Eliminate Unplanned Downtime

Avoiding unplanned downtime is one of the most important tasks facing the plant operator. If critical production equipment such as cooling pumps or CIP systems suddenly stops...

INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs

Stacking extremely thin films of material on top of each other can create new materials with exciting new properties. But the most successful processes for building those...

Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
The 2021 Create the Future Design Contest winner wants to build a truly recyclable bioplastic.
White Papers: Nanotechnology
Making the Case For Micro-Precision 3D Printing

Miniaturization is expanding across industries, as the need for very small and very complex components increases in consumer electronics, medical devices, MEMS, life sciences and other...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Deep Draw Stamping Process

Deep draw stamping is a proven process for the economical production of medium- to high-volume stamped sheet metal parts, requiring specific equipment and engineering expertise, and an understanding of how material...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
UCLA engineers have demonstrated successful integration of a novel semiconductor material into high-power computer chips.
5 Ws: Materials
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

Facility Focus: Energy
Today, Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering performs research in robotics, cyberphysical systems, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, energy, and other topics.
Articles: Transportation

To find out about the impact of 5G mobile broadband service on the IoT/IIoT, I interviewed Jai Suri, Vice President, IoT and Blockchain Applications Development, Oracle, and Mike Anderson, Embedded Systems...

Articles: Transportation
A tiny investment in system capital expenditures can lead to huge rewards in reduced capital and operating expenses.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Learn how to outfit your equipment with sensors.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The global interoperability standard supports manufacturing and manufacturing DX (digital transformation) in the digital era.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Drive and control platforms provide the vital protection of people and machines in automated manufacturing efforts.
Products: Test & Measurement
DATAQ® Instruments announced the Model DI-4730 high-voltage isolated data acquisition system.
UpFront: Green Design & Manufacturing
NASA reveals winners of a CO2 conversion challenge.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pellistor/Catalytic Bead (CB) sensors can respond to flammable gases such as hydrogen, oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, methane, butane, propane, and carbon monoxide.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ewellix (Gothenburg, Sweden) has developed a planetary roller screw that's now on Mars.
Articles: Motion Control
Learn seven key design considerations for implementing electrohydraulic valves.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Laser Cooking Catch On?

Our lead story today looked at a cutting-edge way to prepare food: Laser cooking.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Twelve years ago, physicists turned on the first x-ray laser, and since then it and several others around the world have proved themselves revolutionary probes of...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are an unsung hero of the lighting industry. They run efficiently, give off little heat, and last for a long time. Now scientists are looking at new materials to...

Blog: Software
A reader asks an industry expert from IBM: How is feature-based modeling better than a bill of materials?
White Papers: IoMT
Connecting the Factories of Tomorrow - Today

With the rise of IIoT, production systems are driving toward a “seamlessly connected” future, in which all mechanical, electrical and intelligent interfaces work together as one complete...

Articles: Propulsion
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
White Papers: Transportation
Achieving a High Quality Automotive Exterior Finish

Car exterior appearance is one of the decisive factors to value the car model. The human eye is sensitive to color differences in adjacent parts such as car body to doors, bumpers, and...

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