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.

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing of Plastics with Electrical Circuits
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3D Printed Metals Are Not All the Same

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On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Testing and Inspecting 3D-Printed Parts

As additive manufacturing and the 3D printing of production parts become more commonplace in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, these parts will require more advanced inspection and testing to ensure they meet requirements for structural strength and stability. Whether plastic or metal,...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printed Metals Are Not All the Same

As metal 3D printing has become a more popular means for the rapid prototyping and production of metal parts, it can be difficult to navigate the various technologies and materials. What kind of parts can you expect from a metal 3D printer, and do they vary from system to system?

Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Will Cooling Coatings Catch On?

This month’s Tech Briefs featured a potential alternative to the air conditioner: A painted-on polymer coating that can cool down a building.

On-Demand Webinars : Aerospace
Maximize Productivity and Minimize Costs with New Aerospace Structural Adhesives

Cost-out initiatives are affecting many manufacturers and operators throughout the aerospace value chain. Improving assembly productivity, reducing weight, and extending the lifetime of parts can contribute to a reduction in costs.

Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Do the 5G Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A feature article in this month’s Tech Briefs explored how the fifth-generation mobile network known as 5G will support the creation of increasingly “smart” factories – ones that allow manufacturers to further improve factory automation, human/machine interfaces, and mobility.

“We’re analyzing rocks from space, atom by atom,” says researcher Jennika Greer.
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
“Pop-Up” Technique Fabricates Microrobots

A bulk-machined “Pop-Up” MEMS process was developed for creating mesoscale machines up to several centimeters in dimension.

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robot and Software Create Advanced Materials

Rutgers University engineers have developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. While a human researcher may...

Researchers from the University of Illinois are looking at all the different ways to create a non-pneumatic automotive tire.

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a quick...

Learn about the latest measurement technology designed to ensure accurate testing of helical compression and extension springs.
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
This process turns carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes with small diameters.
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Enhancing Materials for High-Resolution Patterning
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.
The flat structure morphs into another shape when temperature changes, enabling self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design

Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...