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Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Chromium Removal from PVC Filters
The process does not cause any structural changes to the PVC filter membrane.
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
Briefs : Materials
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Articles : Electronics & Computers
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating
Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool
Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool
NASA Spinoff : Imaging
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Briefs : Communications
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
Articles : Materials
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019
Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019

Tech Briefs in 2019 celebrated historic NASA anniversaries, new ways to power electronics, and innovative hacks of our “smartest” technologies.

Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019
On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal 3D Printing

Having proven its capability and future potential in producing plastic-based parts, 3D printing has also been progressing steadily in metal. Recent market analysis reports stake material and printer sales in the metal 3D sector to be growing at rates of over 30% and 45%, respectively – fastest among all 3D printing...

INSIDER : Green Design & Manufacturing
Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage
Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage

The challenge of building an energy future that preserves and improves the planet is a massive undertaking. Scientists and politicians have recognized the...

Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage
INSIDER : Nanotechnology
Highly Sensitive Diode, Converts Microwaves to Usable Electricity
Highly Sensitive Diode, Converts Microwaves to Usable Electricity

A highly sensitive rectifying element in the form of a nanowire backward diode can convert low-power 100 nanowatt microwaves into usable electricity. The newly developed diode...

Highly Sensitive Diode, Converts Microwaves to Usable Electricity
INSIDER : Materials
3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits
3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small...

3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Self-Assembling 'M-Blocks' Catch On?

A team at MIT created self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb and roll over each other into set formations.

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
“Cobots” allow companies of almost any size to automate processes that were previously out of reach.
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
Articles : AR/AI
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
Sensing technology will help to transform manufacturing floors into the connected factories of the future.
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
Briefs : Communications
WiFi-Based Technique Measures Speed and Distance of Indoor Movement
WiFi-Based Technique Measures Speed and Distance of Indoor Movement
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
WiFi-Based Technique Measures Speed and Distance of Indoor Movement
Briefs : Motion Control
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Self-Contained Wheel Unit