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.

A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.
Fiber coatings measurement, single-frequency laser, optical filters, and more.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micro Molding and Micro-Optics
Learn about tooling challenges and other considerations when designing micro-optics, including metrology equipment capabilities, and post-molding assembly.
Application Briefs: Materials
Designing Large Diameter Aspheres
What you need to know before you incorporate large diameter aspheres into your optical systems.
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Making Laser Processes More Sustainable
Thanks to new innovations in measurement technologies, manufacturers and users now have a wide range of options for proactively measuring the laser beam.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extreme Low-Frequency Hydrophone
Applications include monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis as well as manmade infrasonic sources such as boats.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing of Gels and Soft Materials
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cord Tension Measurement Device
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
I/O Module Enables Remote Data Capture
See how makers of an automated truck wash system added a monitoring option for customers.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rapid 3D Printing of Biomedical Parts
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
2D Materials Capable of Forming Complex 3D Shapes
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
A disruptive manufacturing technology now offers reduced manufacturing costs and improved volumetric energy density in all-solid cells.
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Special Reports: Materials
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Implementing Smart Factory Solutions

The smart factory is much more than just an automated facility. It is a fully connected digital production system that has a constant stream of data coming from sources including production machinery, pick-and-place equipment, machine vision systems for inspection, robots of different types, and...

White Papers: Medical
Control Under Pressure

Biomedical and life science applications depend on precise, repeatable liquid handling. Pressure-controlled liquid dispensing systems provide a simple, quick and cost-effective way to dose nanoliter- to...

White Papers: Transportation
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?...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Moving Pins Cut 3D-Printing Costs?

An INSIDER story last week highlighted a 3D printer that uses a platform of movable pins to provide support for the created part. The invention eliminates the need for printed supports.

White Papers: Aerospace
4 Types of Parts Contaminant and How to Remove Them

When it comes to metal fabricating, parts are commonly contaminated during production or transport. Parts contamination, or soils, fall into four basic categories. This paper explores each...

A new, sustainable take on the 3D printer reduces waste by eliminating the need for printed supports.

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