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.

Blog: Electronics & Computers
'Self-Aware' Sensing Material Powers Itself
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rapid 3D Printing of Biomedical Parts
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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Your Quick Guide to Customizing Access Hardware

In this Quick Guide you will learn how to choose the right Access Hardware solution. Choose your lock type, then decide to specify Inserts, Housing and the Cam. We’re flexible, so it’s your...

A sustainable, powerful micro-supercapacitor may be on the horizon. Until now, these high-capacity, fast-charging energy storage devices have been limited by the...

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA) have shown that low-cost organic compounds hold promise...

A collaboration led by Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) used X-ray nanoimaging to gain an unprecedented view into solid-state electrolytes, revealing previously undetected crystal...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Renishaw Reduces Machining Time for Aerospace Impeller Manufacturer

Honeywell Aerospace produces a large number of the impellers and blisks used in commercial airplanes. The impellers, which are essentially radial and axial compressors, rely...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Guide to Ball Grid Arrays

The ball grid array (BGA) is a surface-mount chip package that is used to mount embedded devices (e.g., microprocessors) by melting balls of solder between the face of the device and the circuit board. Unlike the...

White Papers: Automotive
Viton™ Fluoroelastomers: Selecting The Right Elastomer Makes All The Difference

As innovations in automotive design lead to hotter-running engines and increasingly challenging environments, under-the-hood material selection for...

Articles: Motion Control
Linear Bearings: What You Need to Know
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Motion Tracking System for Autonomous Technology
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Swimming Living Robots Can Self-Train
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Automated X-Ray Inspection
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanosized Foldable Robots
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: June 2021 Sensor Technology
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Next-Generation MEMS Multi-Gas Sensing
The MPS Flammable Gas Sensor can detect and identify the concentrations of 12 of the most common combustible gases,
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
The interface enables one person to accomplish tasks that previously required two sets of hands.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: June 2021 Tech Briefs
A new power supply from Bicker Elektronik has a backup battery that bridges power failures, brownouts, and flicker.
Products: Motion Control
New Products: June 2021 Motion Design
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Ultra-thin piezoresistive sensors can be used in both R&D and as embedded components to develop safer, longer-lasting lithium-ion battery technologies.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Nanotransistors Stay Cool at High Voltages
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Application Briefs: Automotive
Airless Alloy Tire Has NASA Roots
The SuperElastic Tire — a NASA Glenn innovation — can be used on both Earth and Mars.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Facility Focus: University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer-Based Electrical Insulation for Circuits
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Mode I Fracture Testing Apparatus
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.

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