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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mechanical Testing of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are soaring, and EV battery technology is constantly evolving. What does this mean for you? An ever-growing list of new components and materials that require...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will ‘Mass-Less’ Energy Storage Finally Catch On?

A July Tech Brief highlights a “structural battery” from the Chalmers University of Technology that uses carbon fiber as a negative electrode and a lithium iron phosphate-coated aluminum foil as the positive electrode. The battery works as both a power source and as part of the main...

Question of the Week: Materials
Should Cities be More Strategic with Reflective Surfaces?

Cities around the world are adjusting – and in some cases overhauling – their infrastructure in an effort to cool temperatures in their areas. Los Angeles and New York City, for example, have adopted “grey infrastructure” efforts, like applying coatings to roofs and roads so that...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new metal lattice material can be used to create models that regain shape after being crushed.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Resolution is an often discussed but seldom understood value in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
Articles: Materials
Learn how to reuse more material without recycling.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Briefs: Aerospace
The supports enable the production of higher-quality, less-expensive parts via additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Materials
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Duke Engineering supports clinical ultrasound imaging, restoration of hearing by cochlear implant, megapixel photography, and metamaterials.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stratasys introduced three 3D printers for additive manufacturing of end-use parts.
Briefs: Communications
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering used a Computational Fluid Dynamics model to find ways to decrease cost and increase usage of cooler surfaces.
Blog: Materials
By introducing nanoparticles into ordinary cement, Northwestern University researchers have formed a smarter, more durable, and highly functional building material.
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...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Scanning Boosts Accuracy and Efficiency of Bladed Disk Milling Process

Based in Ufa, Russia, Technopark Aviation Technologies – a provider of educational and scientific research and engineering services – worked closely with one of...

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Smart Factory/IIoT - June 2021

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

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The MPS Flammable Gas Sensor can detect and identify the concentrations of 12 of the most common combustible gases,
Briefs: Materials
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.

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