Manufacturing & Prototyping

Industrial Controls & Automation

Explore the key advances impacting industrial controls and automation. Access technical briefs and developments in the applications that are essential to automation integration and design.

Briefs: AR/AI

Companies in many industries, including technology, construction, and healthcare are completely revamping the way in which their manufacturing arms are...


The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) announced that it has developed a gripper capable of all gripping movements, inspired by elephant trunks. It mimics how...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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.
Issue Archive: Imaging
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Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
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...


A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.

Articles: AR/AI

Although industrial factories and processing plants have long been automated, it remains vital for human decision-making to be involved in operations, sometimes to a great extent. Automation in...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Until now, code development for industrial automation has not been able to take advantage of modern DevOps processes that have transformed traditional software development, due to the...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

While the U.S. historically has had much lower energy costs than in other parts of the world, today’s volatile energy market combined with the initiatives of many corporations to reduce carbon...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The automation of additive manufacturing (AM) is limited and usually still requires human labor workflows, including the fundamental step of removing the finished object from the printer...

Question of the Week: Design
Are soft machines an important technology for the future?

Soft machines — a subcategory of robotics that uses deformable materials instead of rigid links — are an emerging technology commonly used in wearable robotics and biomimetics (e.g., prosthetic limbs).

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Engineering researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated a new type of flexible, robotic grippers that are able to lift delicate egg yolks without...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Inspired by the natural dexterity of the human hand, a team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a reconfigurable hybrid robotics system that is able...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics

Most optical networks have many fiber couplings and even minor losses at these junctions will produce significant signal losses that cause problems in data transmission. Precise fiber alignment at the optical...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Soft machines — a subcategory of robotics that uses deformable materials instead of rigid links — are an emerging technology commonly used in wearable robotics and biomimetics (e.g.,...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have propelled micrometer-sized drones significantly smaller than red blood cells, exerting precise control, using only light.

Articles: Data Acquisition
IE may not be the best solution in every situation, says an industry expert.
Articles: Motion Control
One major concern for manufacturers is how safe and secure it is to open the OT network’s doors to the internet.
Products: Data Acquisition
High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new suite helps Ada developers build safe, secure software as well as meet internal security and quality procedures.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Spectrometers, digital microscopes, high-speed imaging, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automation can crumble, even when only one cog is loose, says Brad Walters from Monnit.
Blog: Test & Measurement
Which machinery requires constant monitoring? According to one industry expert, the answer boils down to “Criticality.”
Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Test & Measurement - February 2022

From space vehicles to the modern battlefield to the human body, test innovations are improving device and system reliability while speeding time to market. Read about the latest advances – including the...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Four industry experts explore the future outlook for smart sensors and IIoT.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A software makes industrial robots nimbler and almost as sensitive as human hands.
Briefs: Motion Control
A new robot developed by Caltech researchers LEO carves out a new type of locomotion somewhere between walking and flying.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The Opti-Scan inspection system can measure surfaces and edges in 3D.