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.

Articles: Materials
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Briefs: Materials
This technology makes it possible to save extensive data in objects such as shirt buttons, water bottles, or the lenses of glasses and then retrieve it years later.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Manufacturing and Outsourcing - October 2020

Discover how advances in factory automation, robotics, 3D printing and other fabrication technologies are shaping the future of medical device manufacturing in this Special Report – a...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In 2019, NASA engineers test-fired a 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber.
Briefs: Materials
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
Briefs: Medical
Inspired by parasites, the tiny needles could help eliminate painful shots.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These biosensors could lead to improved glucose monitors for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Products: Software
Altair released updates to all of its design, simulation, and data analytics software products.
5 Ws: Lighting
In the operating room, you can produce bioresorbable metal implants, such as screws for bone fractures.
Briefs: Materials
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
Facility Focus: Medical
NIBIB is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA's Dry Goods Delivery System, a lung-heart sensor on a chip, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Scientists have reinvented a 26,000-year-old manufacturing process into an innovative approach to fabricating ceramic materials widely used in batteries, electronics, and extreme environments....

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Do You See Yourself Someday Printing in 4D?

You’ve heard about 3D printing, but what about 4D?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week showcased how Rice University researchers’ new way of making shape-shifting materials. The “4D-printed” objects can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in temperature,...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will More Manufacturers Go With Metal 3D Printing?

Our most recent issue of Tech Briefs featured a roundtable discussion about the future of 3D printing. The industry pros, including Stratsys Direct Manufacturing CEO Kent Firestone, spoke about how metal additive manufacturing has yet to catch on, due to cost constraints and build limitations....

Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
Question of the Week: Materials
Will ‘Flexoskeletons’ Catch On?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have found a new way to make soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The “flexoskeletons” are both made of a rigid material and a thin sheet of polycarbonate that acts as a flexible base. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

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