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 : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Celebrating Women in Engineering & Science
We spoke with five women who lead their fields in engineering and science

Dr. Valle, an academic professional in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, received her...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: March 2020 Tech Briefs

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece...

Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.
To clear up some of the confusion about what the industry means when it says 5G, here’s a guide to what it’s all about.
Facility managers, real estate owners, as well as commercial and industrial businesses are looking to deploy IoT.
Your preview of one of the largest technical mobility events of the year.
How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Testing and Inspecting 3D-Printed Parts

As additive manufacturing and the 3D printing of production parts become more commonplace in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, these parts will require more advanced inspection and testing to ensure they meet requirements for structural strength and stability. Whether plastic or...

White Papers : FDA/Regulatory
Delving Deeper into FDA Warning Letters

Provides insight into the issuance of FDA warning letters and what the FDA is expecting to see in your response to show your intentions to address the compliance issues. This will provide hands on examples of how to respond to FDA warning letter and 483 observations.

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Why Quality Matters

The pressure to cut costs, increase margins and invest in transformative technologies often leaves little left to spend on quality. However, these pressures encourage a status quo approach to quality that results in compliance problems, damage to brand reputation and revenue losses. Ensuring quality standards are met...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printed Metals Are Not All the Same

As metal 3D printing has become a more popular means for the rapid prototyping and production of metal parts, it can be difficult to navigate the various technologies and materials. What kind of parts can you expect from a metal 3D printer, and do they vary from system to system?

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bottom-line Reasons for Using Additive Manufactured Production Tooling

High fabrication costs, long lead times and the cost to carry inventory don’t need to be the rule of the day when it comes to making production tooling. Additive manufactured (AM) tooling provides an alternative that can reduce or eliminate these pain points, so it pays to...

Question of the Week : Connectivity
Do the 5G Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A feature article in this month’s Tech Briefs explored how the fifth-generation mobile network known as 5G will support the creation of increasingly “smart” factories – ones that allow manufacturers to further improve factory automation, human/machine interfaces, and mobility.

“We’re analyzing rocks from space, atom by atom,” says researcher Jennika Greer.
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
“Pop-Up” Technique Fabricates Microrobots

A bulk-machined “Pop-Up” MEMS process was developed for creating mesoscale machines up to several centimeters in dimension.

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robot and Software Create Advanced Materials

Rutgers University engineers have developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. While a human researcher...

White Papers : Aerospace
Design FAQ: Understanding the Value of Protective Packaging Standards for Hard Cases

ANSI, ISO, IEEE, NIST, UL … you probably recognize most of the acronyms for these well-known standards organizations. They establish specifications for various products that ensure they are fit for their purpose. For the most part, standards make life simpler...

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a...

Learn about the latest measurement technology designed to ensure accurate testing of helical compression and extension springs.
Briefs : Materials
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Process Synthesizes Carbon Nanotubes Using Carbon Dioxide
This process turns carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes with small diameters.
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
5G in Manufacturing: What’s Here and What’s to Come
5G has the potential to provide connectivity for a range of different uses in manufacturing.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
The flat structure morphs into another shape when temperature changes, enabling self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.

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