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.

Application Briefs: Materials
Interstellar used Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to design and develop its first prototype: BioPod.
UpFront: Electronics & Computers
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: Aerospace
A low-cost, dynamically controlled surface for 3D printers reduces waste and saves time.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
WPI supports research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cybersecurity, and fire safety.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Prototypes show promise as a low-cost, natural filtration option.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An extrudable thermoplastic 3D printing filament allows users to create lightweight, sponge-like foams.
Podcasts: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This episode of our Tech Briefs podcast series Here’s an Idea™ explores a variety of new-and-improved hearing aids, from $5 “do-it-yourself” devices to advanced systems that monitor brain waves.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn how a low-cost machine known as the 'Coventor' stacks up to a traditional ventilator.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Articles: Materials
Learn how to reuse more material without recycling.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stratasys introduced three 3D printers for additive manufacturing of end-use parts.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Use the 'LaserFactory?'

A technology from MIT known as the "LaserFactory" integrates 3D printers and laser cutters to fabricate wearables, robots, and electronics components like sensors and actuators.

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Application Briefs: Materials
“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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
Articles: Materials
Read all about this year's "Create the Future" winner: A transparent flexible film called "RepelWrap."
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The conceptual Ring prosthetic leg ensures that individuals do not need an entirely new device every time they have a growth spurt.
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...

Blog: Software
An interactive software being developed at the University of Tokyo allows architects and furniture makers with little experience in woodworking to to design and build structurally sound wood joints.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Q&A: Nanotechnology
A nanoLED has up to 1,000 times the brightness of conventional submicron-sized LEDs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
To make electronic components smaller, semiconductor 2D materials are combined with new types of insulator materials.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Blog: FDA/Regulatory
As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
Briefs: Wearables
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.

Videos