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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing Automated Process Planning Software
The software automatically maps designs from CAD software to additive manufacturing to help cut unnecessary steps.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Materials
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
Application Briefs: Energy
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Articles: Packaging & Sterilization
Next-generation solar panels, 3D-printed composites from NASA, and a new way to sterilize medical devices.
Q&A: Materials

Brian Salazar and his UC Berkeley team have developed a new way to reinforce concrete with a polymer lattice, an advance that could rival other polymer-based enhancements and improve...

Briefs: Transportation
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system is filled with a patient’s skin cells.
INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have cracked the conundrum of how to use inks to 3D-print novel electronic devices with useful properties, such as an...

Briefs: Motion Control
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Articles: Energy
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Articles: Medical
We explore the major scientific breakthroughs achieved during 20 years of human presence on the ISS.
Products: Motion Control
Mixed-signal oscilloscopes, 3D printers, DC/DC converters, and more.
Q&A: Photonics/Optics
See how Dr. Andrei Kolmakov and his team are using low-energy electron beams to 3D-print tiny gel structures in liquids.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The robot’s extendable appendage can wind through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Should We Use Chitin to Build on Mars?

In the latest episode of our Tech Briefs podcast series Here's an Idea™, researcher Javier Gomez Fernandez talks about his idea for making habitats on Mars. Fernandez envisions using chitin from insects – and combining the substance with the Martian soil – to create a kind of sustainable building...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Natural motion in plants occurs because of cellulose fibers absorbing and releasing water. Scientists developed a simple method to produce self-folding origami structures based on this concept....

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
We spoke with Javier Gomez Fernandez from the Singapore University of Technology and Design about how Mars explorers – and even those of us on Earth – can make the most out of chitin.
Briefs: Materials
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Other applications include cosmetics, 3D printing, and drug formulations.
Briefs: Aerospace
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Learn about RIT's achievements in cybersecurity, imaging science, and personalized healthcare tech.

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