Materials & Manufacturing

Manufacturing & Prototyping


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
10 Tips Only Experienced PCB Designers Know. Each one guaranteed to save you time and money!

Engineers must balance competing priorities when creating a PCB design. Some design decisions are arbitrary, while others are unavoidable....

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SPRINT™ - A Solution for End-Users and Machine Tool Builders

The SPRINT™ Machine Health Check application provides a unique solution for end-users and machine tool builders who are looking to design sustainable machining processes on...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

To continue making smartphones, laptops, and other devices more powerful, yet energy efficient, industry is intensely focused on identifying promising...

Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

As medical device original equipment manufacturers look to bring innovative devices to market, the balance of cost, quality and speed is...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Automotive Industry: Appearance Control and Management

Automotive manufacturers employ strict standards to ensure that every vehicle coming off the assembly line consistently has the right color. The quality control process is paramount to...

Special Reports: Communications
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2022

From battlespace communications to deep space missions, RF electronics are at the heart of new advances in a variety of fields. Read about the latest innovations in this compendium of articles from...

Articles: Energy
Wireless sensors are critical for the IIoT, but they need long-term, reliable battery power.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
To benchmark performance of printed sensors against the state of the art, NASA has developed a low-power flexible sensor platform.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robots have been widely used in industry for many years, but cobots, or collaborative robots, are a more recent arrival to the market.
Products: Software
The new products for October 2022.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology allows for higher surface conductivity, improved impedance control, expanded design and application potential, and greater choice of materials for optimized performance.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
One common limitation of AM has been that produced articles cannot be recycled without substantial energy costs.
Briefs: Software
Simulations teach a neural network how to adjust printing parameters to minimize error, and then apply that controller to a real 3D printer. The system printed objects more accurately than all the other 3D-printing controllers they compared it to.
INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Gears are sophisticated parts that play a vital role in cars, airplanes, construction and mining equipment, food processing, clock making, and more. And, companies are still trying to make them better...

White Papers: Automotive
Controlling Loading Dynamics in Chassis Bolted Connections Through Friction Increase

With the trend towards electrification, vehicle chassis designs are evolving. The number of vehicle variants (ICE, hybrid, BEV) for a like model are...

White Papers: Motion Control
Know When Precision Motion Control is the Right Choice

Are you overlooking precision motion control? You might want to look again. Even when a general 'automation-level' motion control solution is meeting your needs, an advanced...

Articles: Materials
A polymer breaking enzyme when infused into plastic causes the material to break down into its original components when submerged in compost or even warm water.
INSIDER: Physical Sciences

A first-ever simulation of aluminum conductivity offers a recipe for an inexpensive substitute for copper.


Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced that they have figured out how to engineer a biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation...

White Papers: Power
Flow Battery Solutions that Outperform Alternative Technologies

Unlike other rechargeable energy storage technologies, flow batteries provide a more cost-effective option for large energy storage applications, and offer easy maintenance,...

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Launcher depends on Velo3D to 3D-print complex rocket components for low-cost, small satellite delivery systems.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Overcoming Clean Room Challenges: How to Move Massive Equipment

Transport, position, and rotate unlimited load size and weight without impact to the clean room environment or damage to floors. How? With AeroGo air casters: the hovercraft...

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Factory/IIoT - September 2022

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, robotics, connectivity and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Products: Power
New on the market in September 2022.
Application Briefs: Research Lab
Because laser crystals are sensitive optical components and are often used with high-power lasers, depositing the correct coatings onto them without introducing any defects is essential.
Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Test & Measurement - September 2022

Test strategies to track hypersonic threats…overcoming challenges of EV battery and electric aircraft testing…an innovative way to measure the thermal properties of materials. These are just a few of...

Briefs: Design
By recording the way in which hands perform various tasks, it could help researchers in fields such as sports and medical science as well as neuroengineering.
Briefs: Materials
Researchers formulated and synthesized the bio-inks, with the goal of creating create an ultra-soft, thin, and stretchable material for biosensors that is capable of seamlessly interfacing with the surface of organs.
Briefs: Design
A novel turbine blade design and manufacturing approach developed by NASA provides a significant reduction in turbine blade resonant vibration.