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.

See how Prof. Olaf Diegel built a hands-free door opener.
3D printing is being used to quickly create life-saving parts and prototypes like masks, shields, and ventilator valves.
Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Would You Use a CurveBoard?

MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

Today, machine and equipment manufacturers are feeling more pressure than ever to reduce costs without sacrificing machine performance, and this balancing act can be difficult to achieve. One cost driver...

Materials called perovskites show strong potential for a new generation of solar cells, but they’ve had trouble gaining traction in a market dominated by...

Perovskites

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

Technology Leaders: Imaging
Spectral Sensitivity Curves of Cameras

Different line scan prism manufacturers might compare two possible curves in their advertising and argue that the steeper flanks should enable better color reproduction with greater selectivity.

Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Increase battery life and reduce data loads with an analog-first processing architecture.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Create the Future Contest Idea Saving Lives
Tech Briefs checks back in with CEO Jon Sumroy about his award-winning product: the mifold grab-and-go car seat.
Briefs: Materials
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
David Kaplan is solidifying silk to make products like rods and plates for medical implants.
nTopology
New York, NY

In today’s strategic information environment, the ability to rapidly respond to ever-changing technology needs is an essential asset for any organization that...

Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Copper Strengthens 3D-Printed Titanium
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
We spoke with five women who lead their fields in engineering and science

Dr. Valle, an academic professional in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, received her...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: March 2020 Tech Briefs

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece...

Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.
To clear up some of the confusion about what the industry means when it says 5G, here’s a guide to what it’s all about.
Facility managers, real estate owners, as well as commercial and industrial businesses are looking to deploy IoT.
Your preview of one of the largest technical mobility events of the year.
How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Testing and Inspecting 3D-Printed Parts

As additive manufacturing and the 3D printing of production parts become more commonplace in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, these parts will require more advanced inspection and testing to ensure they meet requirements for structural strength and stability. Whether plastic or...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Delving Deeper into FDA Warning Letters

Provides insight into the issuance of FDA warning letters and what the FDA is expecting to see in your response to show your intentions to address the compliance issues. This will provide hands on...

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