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.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Building Industrial IoT from Edge to Cloud

In the field of industrial automation, digital transformation, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), and edge computing have become common topics of discussion. Today's businesses and end users...

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Doubling Battery Performance with Lithium Metal
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: August 2020
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
Briefs: Energy
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Room-Temperature Magnon Switch
This approach could lead to entirely new and more efficient logic switches for computer chips.
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Glucose Biosensors
These biosensors could lead to improved glucose monitors for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
This material could have applications such as mixing and delivery in the pharmaceutical industry.
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
Briefs: Materials
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
Altair released updates to all of its design, simulation, and data analytics software products.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wiegand Wire: Energy Harvesting and More
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
White Papers: Automotive
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
The Right X-Ray Solutions for Medical Components, Assemblies and Devices

Manufacturers in the medical device sector face quality and process control challenges. Medical device components frequently need to be inspected without being...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

Our lead INSIDER story today showcased a morphing MADCAT aircraft wing.

“From a first glance, it literally doesn’t look like anything that anyone’s ever seen before,” said MIT researcher Ben Jennet in our Here's an Idea episode.

How about you? Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

Ben Jennet is a PhD student at MIT and a former space research fellow at NASA. He is working with NASA to develop a new kind of aircraft wing that's flexible and changes mid-flight.

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