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.

Briefs: Materials

Ultra-efficient catalysts were developed that are cost-effective to make and simple to scale. The 3D-printed catalysts could potentially be used to in future to power hypersonic flight while...

Quiz: Design
Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the rise of 3D printing in space and its future outlook.
Special Reports: Motion Control
Medical Robotics - November 2022

"Millirobots" swimming in your bloodstream...soft robots you can print on demand...cobots hard at work in the test lab. Read about these and other innovative technologies in this compendium of recent articles...

Special Reports: AR/AI
Additive Manufacturing - November 2022

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Articles: Imaging
Despite additive manufacturing's popularity, there are still several technological barriers that must be addressed to understand the process.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New products on the market in November 2022.
Articles: Materials
The 3D printing industry has grown quickly over the last decade with average compound annual growth rates of around 27 percent leading to a market size of $17.7 billion in 2022.
Briefs: Design
"The potential of harnessing the combined benefits of additive manufacturing and HEAs for achieving novel properties remains largely unexplored."
Briefs: Materials
MIT researchers have developed a way of making even the most unlikely pairings of materials take on a desired level of wettability.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The researchers created these sensing structures using just one material and a single run on a 3D printer.
Issue Archive: Design
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Blog: Design
“This new technology will help to fully realize the potential of 3D printing. It will allow us to print much faster, helping to usher in a new era of digital manufacturing, as well as to enable the fabrication of complex, multi-material objects in a single step.”
INSIDER: Wearables

Scientists have developed a new technique for fabricating metamaterials from sheets of paper, using a computer to guide the movement of conductive ink pens and mechanical...

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2022

From battlespace communications to deep space missions, RF electronics are at the heart of new advances in a variety of fields. Read about the latest innovations in this compendium of articles from...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wireless sensors are critical for the IIoT, but they need long-term, reliable battery power.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
To benchmark performance of printed sensors against the state of the art, NASA has developed a low-power flexible sensor platform.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The new products for October 2022.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
One common limitation of AM has been that produced articles cannot be recycled without substantial energy costs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Simulations teach a neural network how to adjust printing parameters to minimize error, and then apply that controller to a real 3D printer. The system printed objects more accurately than all the other 3D-printing controllers they compared it to.
Application Briefs: Aerospace
Launcher depends on Velo3D to 3D-print complex rocket components for low-cost, small satellite delivery systems.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

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.
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.
INSIDER: Design

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

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...

Products: Electronics & Computers
New products on the market in August 2022.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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.

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