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.

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White Papers: Automotive
Customized Silicone Solutions for EV Battery Packs and Electronic Components

Achieve your design requirements with CHT’s silicone series of 1-part adhesives, potting compounds, encapsulants, and gels to seal and protect sensitive...

Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
I/O Module Enables Remote Data Capture
See how makers of an automated truck wash system added a monitoring option for customers.
This invention achieves sustainable freshwater production in a variety of climates at minimal energy cost.
On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Implementing Smart Factory Solutions

The smart factory is much more than just an automated facility. It is a fully connected digital production system that has a constant stream of data coming from sources including production machinery, pick-and-place equipment, machine vision systems for inspection, robots of different types, and...

New research conducted by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has identified a specific building block that improves the anode in...

White Papers: Medical
Control Under Pressure

Biomedical and life science applications depend on precise, repeatable liquid handling. Pressure-controlled liquid dispensing systems provide a simple, quick and cost-effective way to dose nanoliter- to...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Moving Pins Cut 3D-Printing Costs?

An INSIDER story last week highlighted a 3D printer that uses a platform of movable pins to provide support for the created part. The invention eliminates the need for printed supports.

Tech Briefs readers ask a series of questions about the future of plastics in battery electric vehicles.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
4 Types of Parts Contaminant and How to Remove Them

When it comes to metal fabricating, parts are commonly contaminated during production or transport. Parts contamination, or soils, fall into four basic categories. This paper explores each...

White Papers: Transportation
The Engineer’s Guide to Masking Solutions

Download this guide to learn how to select an appropriate material suited to your operating temperature and application process. Masking is an essential part of the production and finishing process...

On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Optics and Coatings Technology

Precision optics are used in a wide variety of industrial, scientific, medical, and military applications, and their performance is often improved or enhanced by the application of thin film coatings. But how do you know what types of optics will work best for your application (e.g., spheric vs. aspheric,...

Two-dimensional (2D) materials have a huge potential for providing devices with much smaller size and extended functionalities with respect to what can be achieved with...

In collaboration with groups from China and the United States, a research team from TU Wien set out to find the optimal heat conductor. They finally found what they were...

White Papers: Medical
Injection Molding Principles

Optimizing custom part designs for injection molding requires a thorough understanding of the process and outcomes. In this ebook, you'll learn about common molding resins, special molding terms you should know,...

Researchers from Cornell University have redesigned the battery so that aluminum more easily integrates into a battery's electrodes.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Resolution Multi-Spectral Camera
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: April 2021
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smartphone-Based Diabetes Detector
This technology could be a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Building Big Data from Little Data
Edge computing, focused applications, and open connectivity let designers start with little data on their digital transformation journey.
Highly purified, low-outgassing silicones prevent material degradation in satellites and space vehicles.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Facility Focus: Cornell University College of Engineering
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
The inserts use a material that NASA has considered for spacecraft filters.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Low-Cost Strengthened Glass Substrates
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: Medical
Ultrasonic Projector
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces dramatically increases the amount of data wireless systems can transmit.
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.

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