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.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Method Creates Wood Substance Stronger Than Titanium

A new way to treat wood makes it 12 times stronger than natural wood and ten times tougher. The wood substance could be comparable to steel or titanium alloys; it is also comparable to carbon fiber, but much less expensive.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Technique for Chemically Combining Soft Materials
Technique for Chemically Combining Soft Materials

Every complex human tool has contained multiple materials wedged, tied, screwed, glued, or soldered together. But the next generation of tools, from autonomous squishy robots to flexible...

Technique for Chemically Combining Soft Materials
Briefs : Test & Measurement
3D Printer Test Station
3D Printer Test Station

NASA Langley Research Center has developed a test station capable of in-situ testing of material deposition and layer adhesion in an extrusion additive manufacturing process. The technology addresses the problem of...

3D Printer Test Station
Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: April 2018
Product of the Month: April 2018

Product of the Month

Opto 22, Temecula, CA, introduced the groov EPIC® system that incorporates into one unit everything needed to connect and control field and operational devices and...

Product of the Month: April 2018
Blog : Materials
Metal Additive Manufacturing on the Rise, Says 3D Printing Study
Metal Additive Manufacturing on the Rise, Says 3D Printing Study

A report released this week revealed a spike in the adoption of metal additive-manufacturing systems – an increase due largely to a growing number of new companies.

Metal Additive Manufacturing on the Rise, Says 3D Printing Study
Podcasts : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Here's an Idea: How 3D Printing Began
Here's an Idea: How 3D Printing Began

Every technology begins with an idea.

Here's an Idea: How 3D Printing Began
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Wearable Has Heightened 'Sense' of Complex Human Motions
Advanced Wearable Has Heightened 'Sense' of Complex Human Motions
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have developed a stretchable sensor that can be weaved into a fabric to detect a range of complex human movements, including finger gestures and heartbeats.
Advanced Wearable Has Heightened 'Sense' of Complex Human Motions
Q&A : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Q&A: N.C. State's Dr. Jingyan Dong Develops New Way to Directly Print Metal Circuits

Researchers from NC State have developed a new technique for directly printing metal circuits, creating flexible, stretchable electronics. The technique can use multiple metals and substrates, and is compatible with existing manufacturing systems that employ...

Briefs : Imaging
LLNL Finds Reason Behind Defects in 3D Printing
LLNL Finds Reason Behind Defects in 3D Printing

High-speed images of a common laser-based metal 3D printing process, coupled with newly updated computer models, have revealed the mechanisms behind material redistribution, a phenomenon that...

LLNL Finds Reason Behind Defects in 3D Printing
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Efficient Packaging Process for One-Piece Deployable Thin Membrane
Efficient Packaging Process for One-Piece Deployable Thin Membrane

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is building a small CubeSat that uses an 85-m2 solar sail deployed from a central location to capture the push of photons...

Efficient Packaging Process for One-Piece Deployable Thin Membrane
Facility Focus : Energy
Facility Focus: Argonne National Laboratory
Facility Focus: Argonne National Laboratory

Located in Argonne, IL, Argonne National Laboratory (ARL) is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center. Born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in...

Facility Focus: Argonne National Laboratory
Briefs : Materials
Green Approach for Toughening Thermosetting Reactive Resins

Thermosetting reactive resin systems such as epoxy, bismaleimide, and polyimide classes of material are brittle. The origin of brittleness is attributed to the high crosslinking density that exists in the fully cured forms of these materials. Traditionally, the toughness of these resins...

Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing
Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing

Exciting new technological innovations are making the planet cleaner, people healthier, food more plentiful, transportation speedier, communication more accessible,...

Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing
Products : Software
New on the Market: March 2018
New on the Market: March 2018

Product of the Month

Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, introduced the PathWave software platform that integrates design, test, measurement, and analysis to enable product development from concept...

New on the Market: March 2018
Briefs : Imaging
Gimbal for Steering Propelled CubeSats
Gimbal for Steering Propelled CubeSats

NASA is preparing for the next generation of CubeSats that are propelled and will make directional maneuvers. The new gimbal mount provides a seat for the motor, and controls the position of the...

Gimbal for Steering Propelled CubeSats
Briefs : Medical
Lifelike, 3D-Printed Organ Models with Integrated Sensors
Lifelike, 3D-Printed Organ Models with Integrated Sensors

Currently, most 3D-printed organ models are made using hard plastics or rubbers. This limits their application for accurate prediction and replication of the organ’s physical...

Lifelike, 3D-Printed Organ Models with Integrated Sensors
Articles : Transportation
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution

Revolutionary changes are driving the mobility industry forward. Explore the next generation of transportation engineering at SAE’s WCX: World Congress Experience from April 10-12 in Detroit, MI....

SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Mixing 3D Printing Technologies Helps Optimize Products
Mixing 3D Printing Technologies Helps Optimize Products
Stratasys
Eden Prairie, MN
www.stratasys.com

Christie Digital Systems manufactures advanced digital projectors and displays using an innovative prototyping program....

Mixing 3D Printing Technologies Helps Optimize Products
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Flexible, Water-Repellent Graphene Circuits for Washable Electronics

New graphene printing technology can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive, and water-repellent. Low-cost, inkjet-printed graphene can be tuned with a laser to make functional materials.

Blog : Software
Sharks on a Plane? Skin Scales Lift Aircraft Design
Sharks on a Plane? Skin Scales Lift Aircraft Design

To improve a flying vehicle, sometimes you have to turn to a reliable model that has been operating for hundreds of millions of years.

Sharks on a Plane? Skin Scales Lift Aircraft Design
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would you use color-changing 3D printables?

In today’s INSIDER, MIT researcher Professor Stefanie Mueller said that her laboratory’s color-changing 3D printables support new customizable objects and accessories, as well as opportunities for product designers showing off their prototypes.

News : Photonics/Optics
A Bright Idea for Reducing Waste: Color-Changing 3D Printables
A Bright Idea for Reducing Waste: Color-Changing 3D Printables
Professor Stefanie Mueller and fellow researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are exploring a more efficient way to cut down on print jobs: objects that change color.
A Bright Idea for Reducing Waste: Color-Changing 3D Printables
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Shape-Morphing Materials Add 4th Dimension to 3D Printing
Shape-Morphing Materials Add 4th Dimension to 3D Printing

3D printing uses computer control to fuse layers of polymers or powders into a three-dimensional object. Rutgers University researchers found a way to add to a fourth dimension –...

Shape-Morphing Materials Add 4th Dimension to 3D Printing
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would you wear a moisture-managing ski jacket?

Today's INSIDER featured an electronic textile technology designed to keep skiers warm and dry. What do you think? Would you wear a moisture-managing ski jacket?

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Algorithm Boosts Speed of 3D Printers

A major drawback to 3D printing is the slow pace of the process, which ensures details are reproduced accurately. The pace of 3D printing is one of the factors that has prevented the technology from finding a broader audience. A new algorithm was developed that boosts the speed at which the printers...

Briefs : Imaging
Additive Manufacturing Unique Serialization

Current methods of identifying a unique part involve adding a unique serial number to the part. There are many reasons that manufactured parts receive a serial number. They enable traceability of a part throughout its lifecycle, and ensure the part is not a counterfeit; however, labels and stamped...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inexpensive Method for Manufacturing Supercapacitor Electrodes
Inexpensive Method for Manufacturing Supercapacitor Electrodes

Supercapacitors can store and deliver energy faster than conventional batteries. But to realize advanced applications, supercapacitors need better electrodes, which connect the...

Inexpensive Method for Manufacturing Supercapacitor Electrodes
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Method of Fabricating Ultra-Short-Gate-Length Thin-Film Transistors Using Optical Lithography

The speed of thin-film transistors (TFTs) relates directly to their gate length, which must be kept as short as possible to lower electron transport time between electrodes, and improve its high-frequency response characteristics. Since current density...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Aluminum Electroplating Using Bromide Salts
Aluminum Electroplating Using Bromide Salts

Corrosion of structural materials is a serious problem for industrial and civil infrastructure worldwide, costing billions of dollars, and hampering gross domestic product. Corrosion also presents...

Aluminum Electroplating Using Bromide Salts
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
One-Step 3D Printing of Catalysts
One-Step 3D Printing of Catalysts

While 3D printing has found applications in many areas, its use as a way to control chemical reactions, or catalysis, is relatively new. Current production of 3D catalysts typically involves various methods...

One-Step 3D Printing of Catalysts