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.

The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Method Enables Conductive Gels to Stick When Wet
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Q&A: Green Design & Manufacturing
Q&A: Turning Trash into Valuable Graphene
A new process will reduce the cost of manufacturing graphene by a factor of more than 100.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Properly Designing and Specifying Aspheric Lenses
Aspheric lenses greatly improve the performance and efficiency of a wide range of optical applications.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: May 2020 Tech Briefs
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Transportation
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

Government emission standards have led to the rapid projected growth of EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs, which in turn is leading to the rapid increase in use of large gauge wires and cables. Harness manufacturers must take care to ensure quality connections in the harsh environments where...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rapid Decompression and Sealed Containers: Why Choose Magnet Valves?

When transporting sealed containers by air, protecting against rapid decompression is a constant concern. Traditionally, spring-actuated valves have been used to address this design challenge. Magnet-actuated valves are a relatively new technology that provide distinct...

Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Can Solar-Powered Desalination Solve Water-Scarcity Challenges?

“Seawater is a very abundant resource for clean water, but the problem is how to desalinate it,” MIT researcher Lenan Zhang told Tech Briefs in our April issue.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology

Three-dimensional printing of useful objects and machine parts is becoming a reality. 3D printing offers the ability to produce — both rapidly and at low cost — short runs or one-of-a-kind parts.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design Optimization Strategies: Transitioning from Traditional Manufacturing Technologies to HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology

The highest value for additive manufacturing is achieved when 3D printing is introduced into the very early stages of...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Have You Cloud-Connected Your Equipment and Processes on the Shop Floor?

Our April Motion Design feature article highlights how manufacturers are reimagining robotics in a connected world, employing processes like real-time analytics, predictive maintenance, online support and diagnostics, and cloud backups.

In just three weeks, the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) at UC Berkeley built a robotic COVID-19 laboratory.

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Heavy-Duty Engine Design for a Transitioning Market

An uncertain regulatory climate. Augmenting with electrification. The potential for automated and partially automated vehicle operation. All these trends are affecting the way engine developers are approaching near-term engine design and development cycles. What are the most significant...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
From Drudgery to the Effective Use of Design and Process FMEAs

In many industries, FMEAs are considered drudgery, contributing little – if anything – to valuable technical knowledge of the product design and development process, as well as to process design and continual improvement, while chewing up resources and time in...

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Understanding O-ring Complexity in the Aerospace Industry

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The Path to High-Level Autonomy for Commercial Vehicles

Upcoming Webinars: Medical

COVID-19: The New Design Paradigm and Emerging Technologies

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

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Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robotics: Sharing the Workspace

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