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Your 2020 winners include a bacteria-repelling wrap, an advanced prosthetic leg, flash graphene, and more.
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
NASA’s neutral body position research was used in the design of a medical massage chair.
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
The conceptual Ring prosthetic leg ensures that individuals do not need an entirely new device every time they have a growth spurt.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Use 'Tsugite' Software for Woodworking?

A recent INSIDER story highlighted a new tool for architects, furniture-makers, and woodworking beginners. The interactive software from the University of Tokyo, known as "Tsugite," provides milling machine instructions and on-screen design guidance so that users can piece an object together...

A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing - November 2020

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...

An interactive software being developed at the University of Tokyo allows architects and furniture makers with little experience in woodworking to to design and build structurally sound wood joints.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Flat Fisheye Lenses Play a Greater Role in Medical Imaging and Consumer Electronics?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an achievement from engineers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The teams designed the first completely flat fisheye lens to produce crisp, 180-degree panoramic images. The lenses, according to...

The algorithm provides an extra layer of safety and security against hackers of electronic devices.
Users can edit the shape of a model while viewing results and watch the simulation update immediately.

The proliferation and miniaturization of electronics in devices, wearables, medical implants, and other applications has...

The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
How to design for safety, reliability, and connectivity using the latest circuit protection technologies and board layout strategies.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: July 2020
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.
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,...

Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
MEMS — Smart Sensors for the IoT
Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director of SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), talks about the current state of the MEMS industry and trends for the future,
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
See how Prof. Olaf Diegel built a hands-free door opener.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Create the Future Contest Idea Saving Lives
Tech Briefs checks back in with CEO Jon Sumroy about his award-winning product: the mifold grab-and-go car seat.
How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
Here are five technologies that aim to add intelligence to the most surprising household objects.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small...

5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
5 Ws of EarEcho
The biometric tool uses modified wireless earbuds to authenticate smartphone users

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