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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.

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On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Highly toughened, expandable structural adhesives reliably join gaps while adding strength and rigidity to body-in-white structures,...

Briefs: Medical
Since it is a chemical sensor instead of being enzyme-based, the new technology is robust, has a long shelf-life and can be tuned to detect lower glucose concentrations than current systems.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

With today’s new high-performance coatings, obtaining a high-quality finish is even more important. Modern high-performance, inline, car body surface inspection technology can bring users...

INSIDER: Materials

Anyone who has watched steam billow up from a boiling kettle or seen ice crystals form on a wet window in winter has observed what scientists call a phase transition. Phase...

White Papers: Motion Control
Know When Precision Motion Control is the Right Choice

Are you overlooking precision motion control? You might want to look again. Even when a general 'automation-level' motion control solution is meeting your needs, an advanced...

On-Demand Webinars: Medical

Major advances in medical devices have been made over the last few decades, keeping thousands of people alive and improving the quality of life for others. At the same...

Blog: Materials
The EU has already declared that the nonbiodegradable microplastics must be eliminated by 2025, but a team of MIT scientists has perhaps expedited that timeline.
Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
A polymer breaking enzyme when infused into plastic causes the material to break down into its original components when submerged in compost or even warm water.
INSIDER: Power

A first-ever simulation of aluminum conductivity offers a recipe for an inexpensive substitute for copper.

INSIDER: Physical Sciences

Princeton Engineering researchers have developed the first perovskite solar cell with a commercially viable lifetime, marking a major milestone for an emerging class of...

INSIDER: Research Lab

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced that they have figured out how to engineer a biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flow Battery Solutions that Outperform Alternative Technologies

Unlike other rechargeable energy storage technologies, flow batteries provide a more cost-effective option for large energy storage applications, and offer easy maintenance,...

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Launcher depends on Velo3D to 3D-print complex rocket components for low-cost, small satellite delivery systems.
White Papers: Aerospace
Overcoming Clean Room Challenges: How to Move Massive Equipment

Transport, position, and rotate unlimited load size and weight without impact to the clean room environment or damage to floors. How? With AeroGo air casters: the hovercraft...

5 Ws: Power
Researchers at University of Cambridge have developed floating “artificial leaves” that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Factory/IIoT - September 2022

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, robotics, connectivity and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the market in September 2022.
Articles: Power

The element niobium (Nb), a transition metal, stands ready to improve the performance of one of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery’s confusing array of possible electrode chemistries — the LTO...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Because laser crystals are sensitive optical components and are often used with high-power lasers, depositing the correct coatings onto them without introducing any defects is essential.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - September 2022

Test strategies to track hypersonic threats…overcoming challenges of EV battery and electric aircraft testing…an innovative way to measure the thermal properties of materials. These are just a few of...

Briefs: Design
By recording the way in which hands perform various tasks, it could help researchers in fields such as sports and medical science as well as neuroengineering.
Briefs: Medical
Researchers formulated and synthesized the bio-inks, with the goal of creating create an ultra-soft, thin, and stretchable material for biosensors that is capable of seamlessly interfacing with the surface of organs.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A novel turbine blade design and manufacturing approach developed by NASA provides a significant reduction in turbine blade resonant vibration.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Energy Storage Materials Make Batteries More Efficient and Heat-Resistant
In redox flow batteries, the energy-storing components are dissolved in a solvent and can be stored at a decentralized location.
Briefs: Materials
This invention is a method of removing or adsorbing a target substance or material.
Briefs: Energy
Researchers have developed an inexpensive and eco-friendly steam generator to desalinate and purify water using sunlight.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin recently created the first ever solid-state optical nanomotor.
Briefs: Energy
Lithium-ion batteries are currently the preferred technology for powering electric vehicles, but they’re too expensive for long-duration grid-scale energy storage systems.
Briefs: Energy
The system makes it possible to integrate data from prior experiments, and information based on personal observations by experienced workers, into the machine learning process.

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