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Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing Technique Helps Inkjet Printers Deliver Ink More Evenly
Manufacturing Technique Helps Inkjet Printers Deliver Ink More Evenly

When a coffee mug leaves a ring, the outer edges of that ring are darker than the inside of the ring. That's because the solute is separated from the liquid during the...

Manufacturing Technique Helps Inkjet Printers Deliver Ink More Evenly
Products : Imaging
Product of the Month: February 2019
Product of the Month: February 2019

MakerBot, Brooklyn, NY, introduced the Method 3D printer that bridges the gap between desktop and industrial 3D printing. The printer includes a circulating heated chamber, dual performance extruders,...

Product of the Month: February 2019
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing: The Impact of Post-Processing
3D Printing: The Impact of Post-Processing

The perception and promise of 3D printing are that it offers a digital workflow that is simple, fast, and automated — a process that is complexity-free. That perception is generally correct up to...

3D Printing: The Impact of Post-Processing
Briefs : Imaging
Computed Tomography Inspection Applications in Additive Manufacturing
Computed Tomography Inspection Applications in Additive Manufacturing

The ability of additive manufacturing to manage small volumes, create complex designs, and fabricate lightweight but strong structures makes it a natural fit for aerospace...

Computed Tomography Inspection Applications in Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : Imaging
Large-Scale Robotic Inkjet Printing System
Large-Scale Robotic Inkjet Printing System

Painting of surfaces having numerous facets and/or curved surfaces is a time-consuming process that requires the application of several coats (layers) of paint. Such surfaces are often found on...

Large-Scale Robotic Inkjet Printing System
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0
Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0

As Industry 4.0 initiatives bring more and more industrial axes of motion into the realm of automation, the need for cost-effective control across them grows as well. Advances in...

Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
An FMEA provides a step-by-step way of identifying product failures. Carl Carlson explains just how long the process takes.
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Method Enables Electronic Components to be Printed Like Newspapers
Method Enables Electronic Components to be Printed Like Newspapers

Cellphones, laptops, tablets, and many other electronics rely on their internal metallic circuits to process information at high speed. Current metal fabrication techniques...

Method Enables Electronic Components to be Printed Like Newspapers
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine) to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. Since...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: November 2018
Products of Tomorrow: November 2018

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...

Products of Tomorrow: November 2018
Articles : Materials
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing Category Winner

DON’T MELT. MELD.™

The MELD™ technology enables additive manufacturing (AM) of metals. This patented process is unique because there is...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing Category Winner
5 Ws : Communications
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers

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Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and buildings, to machine parts and medical devices, to furniture and office supplies — any object that has a need to communicate with or sense other...

5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
How To Get Your Company to Take 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping
How To Get Your Company to Take 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping
A reader asks: "Why do organizations struggle to see 3D printing or additive manufacturing for more than prototyping? "
How To Get Your Company to Take 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Learn about certification, support, supply chain and other facts to consider when choosing a connector supplier.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
A connectors expert reviews standards and certifications; assembly tooling; and physical space issues.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: "What is Your Advice for a 3D Printing Beginner?"
Answering Your Questions: "What is Your Advice for a 3D Printing Beginner?"
A readers asks two 3D-printing veterans: "What is your advice to someone starting out with additive manufacturing?"
Answering Your Questions: "What is Your Advice for a 3D Printing Beginner?"
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
A new approach to structural coloration is more freeform than you might expect.
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
How to Authenticate a 3D-Printed Part: ‘Explode’ and Embed a QR Code
How to Authenticate a 3D-Printed Part: ‘Explode’ and Embed a QR Code
Researcher Nikhil Gupta tells Tech Briefs why "exploding" a QR code inside a 3D-printed part makes counterfeiting practically impossible.
How to Authenticate a 3D-Printed Part: ‘Explode’ and Embed a QR Code
Articles : Test & Measurement
IMTS2018 Preview
IMTS2018 Preview

Presented by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has been the premier manufacturing technology show in the Northern Hemisphere. IMTS is held every even...

IMTS2018 Preview
Briefs : Aerospace
Method 3D-Prints Marine-Grade Stainless Steel
Method 3D-Prints Marine-Grade Stainless Steel

Marine-grade stainless steel is valued for its performance under corrosive environments, and for its high ductility — the ability to bend without breaking under stress. But conventional...

Method 3D-Prints Marine-Grade Stainless Steel
Briefs : Medical
Printing Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits
Printing Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits

Silver nanowires have drawn significant interest in recent years for use in many applications ranging from prosthetic devices to wearable health sensors due to their flexibility,...

Printing Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Diamond Pellet Grinding Tool
Diamond Pellet Grinding Tool

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center has developed a numerically controlled grinding tool that eliminates undesirable periodic variations in surface contours in optical and other surfaces — such as mid-spatial...

Diamond Pellet Grinding Tool
Articles : Energy
Products of Tomorrow: July 2018
Products of Tomorrow: July 2018

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...

Products of Tomorrow: July 2018
Question of the Week : Software
What’s the Hold-Up with Digital Product Development?

Digital technologies are bringing big data, automation, and mobile capabilities to processes like IT, HR, sales, and marketing, but what is the hold-up with product development? Has your product development process been modernized and “digitized?”

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
FLAM! Researchers Test Cellulose as Sustainable 3D-Printing Material
FLAM! Researchers Test Cellulose as Sustainable 3D-Printing Material

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design have demonstrated 3D printing with one of the Earth’s most abundant organic compounds: cellulose.

FLAM! Researchers Test Cellulose as Sustainable 3D-Printing Material
Blog : Data Acquisition
Answering Your Questions: Why Are Companies Holding Back on 'Digital' Product Development?
Answering Your Questions: Why Are Companies Holding Back on 'Digital' Product Development?
If digital transformation is a boardroom priority, why are companies so slow to transform product development? A reader asks our experts.
Answering Your Questions: Why Are Companies Holding Back on 'Digital' Product Development?
Blog : Materials
Answering Your Questions: Beyond Prototyping, How is 3D Metal Printing Being Used in the Automotive Industry?
Answering Your Questions: Beyond Prototyping, How is 3D Metal Printing Being Used in the Automotive Industry?
Can metal 3D printing help automakers with more than just prototyping? It can, and it has, says our engineering expert.
Answering Your Questions: Beyond Prototyping, How is 3D Metal Printing Being Used in the Automotive Industry?
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
What are your Biggest Manufacturing Challenges?

What parts of the design process are the most difficult? What information are you looking for now to help you with your job? Is there a specific technology area that can be challenging to find out the latest solutions for?

Blog : Defense
Will 3D Printing Get Past the Plastic?
Will 3D Printing Get Past the Plastic?
If you think there’s too much hype surrounding 3D printing, perhaps that’s because you’re only thinking about plastic parts.
Will 3D Printing Get Past the Plastic?
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Understanding Smart Machines: How They Will Shape the Future
Understanding Smart Machines: How They Will Shape the Future

Powered by smart machines, the new industrial revolution is changing how machine builders design, and how manufacturers operate today and in the future. To remain competitive and...

Understanding Smart Machines: How They Will Shape the Future