Manufacturing & Prototyping

3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Explore the fast-paced developments in 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Access the essential technical briefs and resources for design engineers working in manufacturing and medical industries.

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Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stratasys introduced three 3D printers for additive manufacturing of end-use parts.
Special Reports: Imaging
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: Materials
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: Software
The software could help reduce cost and waste for companies using additive manufacturing to mass-produce parts in factories.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An international team used 3D printers and a novel bioprinting technique to print algae into living, photosynthetic materials that are tough and resilient.
Briefs: Materials
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Materials
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Materials
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Moving Pins Cut 3D-Printing Costs?

An INSIDER story last week highlighted a 3D printer that uses a platform of movable pins to provide support for the created part. The invention eliminates the need for printed supports.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new, sustainable take on the 3D printer reduces waste by eliminating the need for printed supports.
Products: Materials
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - April 2021

How 3D printing is transforming the medical industry...adapting to the manufacturing challenges of COVID-19...improving quality and reliability in PCB production. These are just a few of the...

Podcasts: Sensors/Data Acquisition
In this episode of our Here's an Idea podcast, we speak to engineers who are building a variety of wearables. And some sensors blend in more than others.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Professor Shirley Meng explains why there's a demand for stretchable batteries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technique could have applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, green products such as clothes, packaging, and furniture can be manufactured with unique properties.
Briefs: Energy
A newly developed architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.

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