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.

New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Locking Side Pull Hoist Ring
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
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Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Next-generation solar panels, 3D-printed composites from NASA, and a new way to sterilize medical devices.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
NASA Spinoff: Sensors/Data Acquisition
NASA Brain-Training Technology Makes Smart Glasses
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
The hard “coin,” could be used to make super-strength metal coatings or larger industrial components.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Safeguard Your Supply Chain and Get to Market Fast!

The arrival of COVID-19 left many companies unable to fulfill market demand for weeks or months as they were impacted by supply shock, demand shock, or both. In some cases, new...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Improve Performance and Reduce the Costs of Your Pneumatic Grippers

Pneumatic grippers are an integral part of pick-and-place, material transfer and part ejection applications, but traditional designs come with limitations. Fabco-Air SPG...

Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Optics & Photonics Innovations - January 2021

An ultrafast camera that takes up to one trillion pictures per second...using light alone to levitate objects and propel spacecraft...the groundbreaking optics enabling the world's most powerful...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Biocontainment Unit for Virus-Sized Particles
The unit could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

Brian Salazar and his UC Berkeley team have developed a new way to reinforce concrete with a polymer lattice, an advance that could rival other polymer-based enhancements and improve...

Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.

Researchers have created the prototype for a handheld device to measure a biomarker for cancer. The device works much like the monitors that people with diabetes use to test their blood-sugar levels...

The technology could allow deep-space exploration without running out of propellant.
As ICs continue to become smaller and chip complexity increases, manufacturers still need to ensure reliability to their customers.
The system is filled with a patient’s skin cells.
The system uses off-the-shelf materials combined with ultraviolet lights to decontaminate N95 masks.
Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
Just like smartphones, the same trend of combining separate components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
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Modules from Pickering Interfaces simulate industrial control transceivers.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Ultimate Guide to Cable Management

From manufacturing to IT, the more you rely on technology, the more cables you need. Manage, organize and protect your wire and cable bundles with our vast range of solutions suited for demanding...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Fast Calculation Dials in Better Batteries

A simpler and more efficient way to predict performance will lead to better batteries, according to Rice University engineers. That their method is 100,000 times faster than existing modeling...

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have cracked the conundrum of how to use inks to 3D-print novel electronic devices with useful properties, such as an...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
2D/3D Laser Profile Scanners for Industry and Automation

Laser scanners from Micro-Epsilon are among the most powerful profile sensors with regard to accuracy and measurement rate. Equipped with powerful processors and highly sensitive...

Blog: Photonics/Optics
How to Choose an Optical Filter
Optical interference filters are critical to the overall performance of machine vision applications. So how do you select the right one?
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