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Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Explore innovations supporting advances in manufacturing and rapid prototyping. Access the developments and solutions that have an impact on applications in 3D printing and automation.

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Articles: Test & Measurement
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
White Papers: Automotive
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...

Question of the Week: Internet of Things
Will Stretchable Smartphones Catch On?

Our “5 Ws” feature this month highlighted skin-like electronic circuits being developed at Virginia Tech.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Friction Stir Welding Industrialization for E-mobility

TRA-C industrie has written this white paper to present Friction Stir Welding applications to e-mobility: compliance with technical requirements, increased quality and productivity, and...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Professor Francois Barthelat wants to incorporate the fish fin's strong, flexible characteristics into robotic and aerospace designs.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2021

In The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2021 report, you’ll gain insights on:

Aspects of the product design process that need the most improvement How...

Tech Talks: Manufacturing & Prototyping

This 20-minute Tech Talk examines the best course of action for your programs as they move from R&D to prototyping, pre-production, and finally full...

White Papers: Medical
A Practical Energy Efficiency Solution For Life Science Utilizing Industry 4.0

“Internet of Things” (IoT) and “Industry 4.0” (I4.0) are buzzwords in the process manufacturing and automation world, with far-reaching benefits...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering at Tufts University School of Engineering, Dean of Research, and Director of the Tufts Silklab led a team that has...

Articles: Data Acquisition
Tech Briefs asked 5 execs: What should a user consider before moving to the cloud?
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.
Briefs: Wearables
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
For applications requiring high-energy material deposition coatings, you'll need to understand how stress can impact surface figure and system performance.
Articles: Materials
A new high-speed sensor pushes the boundaries in light-starved conditions.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Learn about a membrane-free, broadband microphone for the highest ultrasound frequencies.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Articles: Materials
A new generation of lithium-ion batteries is poised to improve electric vehicle range and affordability.
Briefs: Transportation
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have identified the primary cause of failure in a state-of-the-art lithium-metal battery.
Articles: Internet of Things
Demand for wireless IoT cloud-connected devices is growing rapidly, yet deploying Wi-Fi battery-based products is difficult.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
The Battery Show North America is a forum for advanced battery technology for electric and hybrid vehicles, utility and renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military, and telecommunications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Special Reports: Design
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

White Papers: Materials
Electroacoustic Transducers and Systems Are Not the Same as Electronic Components

This paper examines the complexity of ultrasonic and sonar sensing devices, and challenges the misconception that transducers are a commodity component that...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Sealing and protecting electrical splices across a range of demanding applications from automotive to aerospace to marine requires not only the appropriate heat shrink...

Blog: Materials
Researchers from the University of Minnesota discovered a way to convert "stubborn" metals like platinum and tungsten into thin films.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) fabricated brain-inspired highly scalable neuromorphic hardware by co-integrating single transistor neurons...

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