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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,...

See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19

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.

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
VoroCrust v.1.0 Meshing Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Device Tests Drugs on Tumor Tissue
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Solar-Powered Desalination Solve Water-Scarcity Challenges?

“Seawater is a very abundant resource for clean water, but the problem is how to desalinate it,” MIT researcher Lenan Zhang told Tech Briefs in our April issue.

Manufacturers, medical device companies, and others can use this 3D printing software driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Area Rapid 3D Printing
This new 3D printer can print an object the size of an adult human in just a couple of hours.
The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.
Bridget Pelaez spoke to Tech Briefs about the 1,000 face shields being printed for Florida hospitals.
See how Prof. Olaf Diegel built a hands-free door opener.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Would You Use a CurveBoard?

MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products.

The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
David Kaplan is solidifying silk to make products like rods and plates for medical implants.
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.
NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
Here are five technologies that aim to add intelligence to the most surprising household objects.
As additive manufacturing supports the creation of critical metal parts, designers need to know that the parts are high-quality.
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Shape Memory Alloy Art (SMArt)
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
Top prizes in the 2019 contest were awarded on November 8 in New York City.
Computed tomography is being used in the medical and industrial field. An expert explains how the two imaging techniques differ.

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