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.

Articles: Electronics & Computers
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
Special Reports: Transportation
Vehicle Electrification - January 2020

Demand for electric vehicles is accelerating, presenting new design, manufacturing, and infrastructure challenges. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019

Tech Briefs in 2019 celebrated historic NASA anniversaries, new ways to power electronics, and innovative hacks of our “smartest” technologies.

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal 3D Printing

Having proven its capability and future potential in producing plastic-based parts, 3D printing has also been progressing steadily in metal. Recent market analysis reports stake material and printer sales in the metal 3D sector to be growing at rates of over 30% and 45%, respectively – fastest among all 3D printing...

The challenge of building an energy future that preserves and improves the planet is a massive undertaking. Scientists and politicians have recognized...

A highly sensitive rectifying element in the form of a nanowire backward diode can convert low-power 100 nanowatt microwaves into usable electricity. The newly developed...

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Self-Assembling 'M-Blocks' Catch On?

A team at MIT created self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb and roll over each other into set formations.

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
“Cobots” allow companies of almost any size to automate processes that were previously out of reach.
Sensing technology will help to transform manufacturing floors into the connected factories of the future.
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: December 2019
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
5 Ws: Data Acquisition
5 Ws of EarEcho
The biometric tool uses modified wireless earbuds to authenticate smartphone users
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape Memory Alloy Art (SMArt)
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Carbon Capture Process Makes Sustainable Oil
Life support research for astronauts enabled a solution to one aspect of climate change.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Metallization for SiC Semiconductors
This technology provides simultaneous ohmic contacts and the process to make them.
This optical switch controls the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently.
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.

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