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.

Articles: Test & Measurement
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: Green Design & Manufacturing
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Articles: Design

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.

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

NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA-derived air-quality technologies help curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Blog: Design
1 Year? 5 years? 10? A reader wants an industry expert to predict when 3D printing will truly catch on in automotive manufacturing.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rowheel, which was a winning technology at SAE’s Create the Future Design Contest in 2010, continues to roll forward.
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.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the Who, What, Where, Why, and When for an ocean battery that holds onto excess energy from offshore wind farms.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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

Special Reports: Transportation
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.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Applications include manufacturing/assembly line tracking, industrial transportation and logistics, and healthcare.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The camera combines lasers, computers, and terahertz waves to see “unseen” details.
Briefs: Automotive
A silicon chip provides a low-cost solution to help machines see the world clearly.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
UpFront: Energy
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.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This practical technique uses magnetism to transmit electricity wirelessly to recharge electric cars, robots, or drones.
Briefs: Imaging
This robotic arm fuses data from a camera and antenna to locate and retrieve items buried under piles and completely out of view.
Blog: Energy
Christopher Borroni-Bird and his team want to make an "e-kit" that provides a boost to wheelbarrows, bikes, and other non-motorized vehicles.
5 Ws: Communications

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

Application Briefs: Aerospace
Interstellar used Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to design and develop its first prototype: BioPod.
UpFront: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A low-cost, dynamically controlled surface for 3D printers reduces waste and saves time.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
WPI supports research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cybersecurity, and fire safety.
Briefs: Transportation
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.