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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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Factories Need Smarter Machines

There are many different types of businesses and companies in the machine and equipment manufacturer (OEM) space but one challenge is always the same — the market is highly competitive. Each generation...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Increasing ROI with Flexible Automation

Part variation is often said to be the enemy of automation. The design of custom automation equipment starts with the part, whether it’s the carrier nest that must transport the part from one...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Application of Industrial Metrology in Industry 4.0

This 20-minute Lunch & Learn explores how industrial metrology tools have been successfully applied to overcome the challenges faced by manufacturers engaged in precision machining. The discussion draws from experience in aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer, and military...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Principles of Injection Molding

Optimizing custom part designs for injection molding requires a thorough understanding of the process and outcomes. In this ebook, you'll learn about common molding resins, special molding terms you should...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Using High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography to Inspect Additive Manufactured Parts

Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques are quickly replacing conventional “subtractive” machining for producing low volumes of complex parts. While some of these parts may be used for safety-critical functions, their complex nature means they are...

White Papers: Software
Smarter Products Need Smarter Development

As demand for connected products grows, the pressure to quickly create and launch innovative digital products also increases. To get an idea of how modern manufacturing organizations are adapting to...

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - November 2021

In this new report from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs magazines, discover how the latest advances in 3D printing, machining, molding and more are changing the way...

Question of the Week: Nanotechnology
Can Borophane Beat Graphene?

A Tech Brief in our November issue highlights a new material that’s super-thin and super-strong. By combining hydrogen with an atom-thick sheet of boron known as borophane, researchers from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have created a potential alternative to the breakthrough 2D material graphene. The Argonne...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The e-kit promises to be a low-cost solution in the developing world.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Halo replaces all metal retractors with one simple, one-size-fits-all design.
Articles: Materials
Once triggered, the enzyme-embedded plastics self-destruct, completely degrading and eliminating microplastics in days.
UpFront: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to be a NASA intern; a new ideas for moon fabrics; and NASA's need for a better rover.
Briefs: Materials
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Silicon Carbide (SiC) optics are becoming more and more prevalent in high-energy laser (HEL) designs, and manufacturers must be aware of the potential risks
White Papers: Software
Going Up the Value Chain

It’s time to leverage Industry 4.0 technologies and upgrade from manually intensive CAD-based drawing packages to true computer-aided engineering (CAE) software. Experience the benefits of a simplified design...

White Papers: Transportation
Measuring Color in Automotive Interiors

While the exterior of the car may be the first thing you see, the interior of the vehicle is where your driving experience starts. The interior design and color of a car is central to the consumer's...

Blog: Energy
Christopher Borroni-Bird and his team want to make an "e-kit" that provides a boost to wheelbarrows, bikes, and other non-motorized vehicles.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Long-haul trucking may be the best candidate for hydrogen power. An industry expert tells us when we can expect more hydrogen fuel cells on the highway.
White Papers: Automotive
Orchestrating Automotive Product Development and Operations

Technological progress is accompanied by change. Organizations must adapt both product development and operational workflows. Having process models, at the level of detail to allow...

White Papers: Nanotechnology
Making the Case For Micro-Precision 3D Printing

Miniaturization is expanding across industries, as the need for very small and very complex components increases in consumer electronics, medical devices, MEMS, life sciences and other...

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Space Technology - October 2021

A new era of space exploration is set to begin with Artemis 1, the first in a series of increasingly complex NASA missions that will take humans back to the moon and then on to Mars. Read all about it in this...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The new printing method coaxes particles and droplets into precise patterns using the power of sound.
Articles: Aerospace
Metamaterial printing, high-efficiency solar cells, and a noise-reduction material.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modern PLCs now include IT-capable software and communications protocols, empowering users to easily access edge-sourced data and integrate it with the enterprise.
5 Ws: Communications
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

NASA Spinoff: Materials
A bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D-printed metals.
Briefs: Communications
This component takes up ten times less space on computer chips.
Articles: Materials
These technologies provide a tantalizing glimpse into the future of manufacturing automation.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Today, Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering performs research in robotics, cyberphysical systems, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, energy, and other topics.

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