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On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing: Industrial vs. Desktop

Over the past few decades, 3D printing has grown from an emerging technology to an essential manufacturing process. Its ability to quickly build complex parts for both prototyping and end-use production has made it a critical development tool, as companies try to keep pace with shortening product life...

Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
What NASA Spin-Off Stands Out to You?

NASA technologies have led to many of the commercial products and innovative solutions we use every day, from memory foam and freeze-dried foods to exercise equipment and water purifiers. The October issue of Tech Briefs showcased a number of these NASA spinoffs.

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On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Discover How Unique Cable & Connector Solutions Are Taking 3D Printing to New Levels

In today’s fast paced, quick development cycle market-places, the need for rapid prototyping and quick turn sampling is critical. 3D printing, and additive manufacturing has quickly surfaced as the solution for this need, bringing to life ideas and concepts in...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bio-Renewable Process Creates “Green” Plastic

Plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels, and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Articles : Imaging
Idaho National Laboratory

In 1951, the first nuclear reactor in Idaho was built, starting a legacy at what is now Idaho National Laboratory (INL). INL is the site where 52 pioneering nuclear reactors were designed and constructed, including...

Articles : Green Design & Manufacturing
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth

The benefits of NASA's space exploration efforts are not limited to the cosmos. NASA technologies provide innovative solutions for people around the world. NASA missions have generated thousands of spinoffs...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fabricating Battery Electrodes Using 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) can be used to manufacture porous electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, but because of the nature of the manufacturing process, the design of these...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Enables Bulk Creation of Metallic Glass Alloys

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to create amorphous metal (metallic glass) alloys on large scales using 3D printing technology. Metallic glasses lack the crystalline...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers

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Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and buildings, to machine parts and medical devices, to furniture and office supplies — any object that has a need to communicate with or sense other...

News : Materials
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing

Design engineers in the aerospace industry are constantly challenged to improve fit and function of components used in commercial and military aircraft. Parts used in these aircraft...