Manufacturing & Prototyping

Custom & Contract Manufacturing

Find the latest news and technical briefs in custom and contract manufacturing. Review the applications that design engineers are using to meet their manufacturing design challenges.

Issue Archive: Automotive
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Articles: Software
In the high-tech sector, there's been a shift from “just-in-time” to “just-in-case” inventory strategies.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Supply chains run best when all the stakeholders involved stay keenly focused on their core competencies, says Tom Vanderheyden from TTI Americas.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The sensor technology could also be used to create clothing that detects a variety of pathogens and other threats.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - November 2021

In this new report from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs magazines, discover how the latest advances in 3D printing, machining, molding and more are changing the way...

Blog: Software
A reader asks an industry expert from IBM: How is feature-based modeling better than a bill of materials?
Application Briefs: Materials
Interstellar used Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to design and develop its first prototype: BioPod.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
After rigorous ground testing, NASA’s Four Bed Carbon Dioxide Scrubber will be installed on the ISS.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn how a low-cost machine known as the 'Coventor' stacks up to a traditional ventilator.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Materials
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Your 2020 winners include a bacteria-repelling wrap, an advanced prosthetic leg, flash graphene, and more.
Articles: Imaging
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
NASA’s neutral body position research was used in the design of a medical massage chair.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
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...

Special Reports: Aerospace
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...

5 Ws: Materials
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?
Products: Software
Users can edit the shape of a model while viewing results and watch the simulation update immediately.
Blog: Regulations/Standards
As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
NASA Spinoff: Energy
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ben Jennet is a PhD student at MIT and a former space research fellow at NASA. He is working with NASA to develop a new kind of aircraft wing that's flexible and changes mid-flight.
Blog: Design

You can design the best product in the world but what if the parts, assemblies, and sub-components for your idea aren’t there?

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,...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19
Blog: Regulations/Standards

A low-cost, low-complexity ventilator developed by NASA engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.

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