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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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White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Know When Precision Motion Control is the Right Choice

Are you overlooking precision motion control? You might want to look again. Even when a general 'automation-level' motion control solution is meeting your needs, an advanced...

White Papers: Energy
Flow Battery Solutions that Outperform Alternative Technologies

Unlike other rechargeable energy storage technologies, flow batteries provide a more cost-effective option for large energy storage applications, and offer easy maintenance,...

Application Briefs: Aerospace
Launcher depends on Velo3D to 3D-print complex rocket components for low-cost, small satellite delivery systems.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Overcoming Clean Room Challenges: How to Move Massive Equipment

Transport, position, and rotate unlimited load size and weight without impact to the clean room environment or damage to floors. How? With AeroGo air casters: the hovercraft...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Factory/IIoT - September 2022

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

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - September 2022

Test strategies to track hypersonic threats…overcoming challenges of EV battery and electric aircraft testing…an innovative way to measure the thermal properties of materials. These are just a few of...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
By recording the way in which hands perform various tasks, it could help researchers in fields such as sports and medical science as well as neuroengineering.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers formulated and synthesized the bio-inks, with the goal of creating create an ultra-soft, thin, and stretchable material for biosensors that is capable of seamlessly interfacing with the surface of organs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A novel turbine blade design and manufacturing approach developed by NASA provides a significant reduction in turbine blade resonant vibration.
Briefs: Motion Control
Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin recently created the first ever solid-state optical nanomotor.
NASA Spinoff: Imaging
Eye surgery patients on Earth are benefiting from early research on the NASA’s James Webb Telescope’s enormous mirrors.
Issue Archive: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Quiz: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D printing has furthered myriad industries and advanced mankind in unimaginable ways. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the practice.
White Papers: Transportation
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Professor Mohammad Reza Abidian of the Cullen College of Engineering — foresees the future production of micro-scale organic electronics via multiphoton 3D printers.

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: Aerospace
Cause and Effect: The Fundamentals of Aerospace Failure Analysis

There are millions of large and small parts, assembled components, subsystems, and structures built by a myriad of suppliers that all must come together to manufacture the...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.

White Papers: Tubing & Extrusion
The Top 20 Tubing and Hose Buying Tips, Part 2

Choosing the right plastic or rubber tubing for your project can sound like a simple task when you just need something to move fluid or gas from point A to point B. But there’s a lot to...

Special Reports: Materials
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - August 2022

A novel ink that enables 3D printing of bone with living cells...advances in ultrasonic welding of plastics...additive manufacturing of self-powered wearable devices. Read these stories and...

Articles: Data Acquisition
Key considerations to keep in mind while selecting the best encoder for your application.
Products: Power
New products on the market in August 2022.
Briefs: Lighting Technology
This method increases the efficiency of light-emitting diodes and other optical elements.
Application Briefs: Materials
Keeping oil and gas production facilities running smoothly is among the toughest challenges in any industry.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The piezoelectric “meta-bot” is capable of propulsion, movement, sensing, and decision-making.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The moving assembly line remains an integral piece of most automobile manufacturing.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Although industrial factories and processing plants have long been automated, it remains vital for human decision-making to be involved in operations, sometimes to a great extent. Automation in...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A new method of generating gaits for robotic assistive devices aims to guarantee stability and achieve more natural locomotion for different users. The method is being developed by a team at...

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