Explore innovations supporting advances in manufacturing and rapid prototyping. Access the developments and solutions that have an impact on applications in 3D printing and automation.

Question of the Week: Materials
Will More Manufacturers Go With Metal 3D Printing?

Our most recent issue of Tech Briefs featured a roundtable discussion about the future of 3D printing. The industry pros, including Stratsys Direct Manufacturing CEO Kent Firestone, spoke about how metal additive manufacturing has yet to catch on, due to cost constraints and build limitations....

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
7 Key Challenges for BEV/PHEV/PEV Large Scale Adoption

Large scale electrified vehicle adoption is both necessary and exciting, as it enables fleets to meet fuel efficiency mandates and brings advanced performance capabilities to a wider set...

A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will ‘Flexoskeletons’ Catch On?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have found a new way to make soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The “flexoskeletons” are both made of a rigid material and a thin sheet of polycarbonate that acts as a flexible base. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Choosing the Right Robot

Robots now come in many sizes, and in configurations of two to seven axes. They can do simple or complicated work, even surgery, and are easier to integrate than ever into any manufacturing or processing...

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: Electronics & Computers
VoroCrust v.1.0 Meshing Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Device Tests Drugs on Tumor Tissue
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Executive Roundtable: 3D Printing
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Defects Enable High-Performance Infrared Photodetectors
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Q&A: Turning Trash into Valuable Graphene
A new process will reduce the cost of manufacturing graphene by a factor of more than 100.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Properly Designing and Specifying Aspheric Lenses
Aspheric lenses greatly improve the performance and efficiency of a wide range of optical applications.
Products: Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: May 2020 Tech Briefs
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Autonomic and Apoptotic Highly Distributed System
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Using Lasers in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.

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