Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping & Tooling

Access a wide range of multimedia resources and the latest technical briefs that are essential to rapid prototyping and tooling, and technologies essential to the design cycle.

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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

In January, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Science Program Committee approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, the first scientific endeavour...

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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Macquarie University engineers have developed a new technique to make the manufacturing of nanosensors far less carbon-intensive, much cheaper, more efficient, and more versatile — substantially improving a key process in this trillion-dollar global industry.
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Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Since its introduction, dozens of steel mills — ranging from hot to cold and bar to sheet — have recognized the benefits of incorporating INSTAclamp Lock Rings into their operations. Despite a redesign with a new material, the product is not restricted by which mill types it can operate within.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The vibrating device uses bone-conducted sounds to achieve better results.
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Videos of the Month: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the videos of the month, including one on the VersaBlade wire-to-wire connectors from Molex, one on 3D-printed food technology, and more.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printed radio frequency (RF) surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor devices are a promising technology for providing highly reconfigurable, cost-effective, and multi-parameter sensing.
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Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
As battery manufacturers work to rapidly add new production capacity, they face a challenge in compressing the time it takes to build new production lines.
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Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Despite recent supply-chain disruptions, semiconductor buyers are increasingly spoiled for choice when it comes to chip manufacturers.
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Articles: Materials
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.
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Articles: Energy

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that innovation.

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Podcasts: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CTO Daniella Sladen and her team at Zulu Pods have created an oil-delivery system that fits in the palm of your hand.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Engineers have created a highly effective way to paint complex 3D-printed objects, such as lightweight frames for aircraft and biomedical stents, that could save manufacturers time and money and provide new...

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NASA Spinoff: Green Design & Manufacturing
NASA-derived air-quality technologies help curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
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Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
1 Year? 5 years? 10? A reader wants an industry expert to predict when 3D printing will truly catch on in automotive manufacturing.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rowheel, which was a winning technology at SAE’s Create the Future Design Contest in 2010, continues to roll forward.
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Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
You can design something special when you begin with a blank piece of paper on a wall. Editor Ed Brown shares a lesson learned from his early days as an engineer.
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5 Ws: Energy
Learn the Who, What, Where, Why, and When for an ocean battery that holds onto excess energy from offshore wind farms.
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Question of the Week: Energy
Will ‘Ocean Batteries’ Catch On?

Our lead story today highlights an innovative energy approach from a Netherlands-based company called Ocean Grazer. Tied to existing wind farms, the team’s “Ocean Battery” pumps water from solid subsea reservoirs into flexible bladders located just above the seabed. When there is a demand for power, the...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Dr. Frits Bliek and his team at Ocean Grazer are building an "Ocean Battery" that brings hydrodam technology to the sea.

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Special Reports: Automotive
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Vehicle Electrification - January 2022

Innovation is happening at a rapid pace in the e-mobility space. Read this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Truck & Off-Highway Engineering to learn about...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Microneedles Catch On?

A brand-new episode of our podcast series Here’s an Idea looks at microneedles, specifically their use in delivering drugs and vaccines. The array of tiny injectors, less than a millimeter in height, avoid nerve endings and feel a bit like Velcro. The patch creates little, micron size pathways that lead a...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Microneedles offer an intriguing alternative to the drug-delivery devices we know and don't love.
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Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Applications include manufacturing/assembly line tracking, industrial transportation and logistics, and healthcare.
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Briefs: Materials
The camera combines lasers, computers, and terahertz waves to see “unseen” details.
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Briefs: Imaging
A silicon chip provides a low-cost solution to help machines see the world clearly.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
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UpFront: Materials
NASA's satellite data reveals the pandemic's effect on our atmosphere, and a team of shoebox-sized rover scouts is prepped for the lunar surface.
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Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This practical technique uses magnetism to transmit electricity wirelessly to recharge electric cars, robots, or drones.
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