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.

Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Material Advances for LED Quantum Dot Efficiency
Creating next-generation LEDs for novel efforts like COVID-19 decontamination requires LED manufacturers to reevaluate the materials that they’re using.
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Measuring Layer Thickness Using a Microscope
With Nikon's Layer Thickness software module, comprehensive information about a specimen is obtained more quickly than if an operator is making all the measurements by hand.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing - November 2020

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Radar Enables Cars to Spot Hazards Around Corners
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: November 2020
A smartwatch that tracks medication levels, a flexible LED, and NASA's "Micro-Organ" device platform.
Once installed at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will introduce incredible opportunities for astrophysics.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Megapixel Photon-Counting Camera Technology
See what kinds of applications are possible when you can literally see light propagating through space.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Woodworking, Simplified: New Software Aids in Design
An interactive software being developed at the University of Tokyo allows architects and furniture makers with little experience in woodworking to to design and build structurally sound wood joints.
White Papers: Automotive
The Inside Story on Rotary Position Sensors for Electric Vehicle Traction Motors

Wells Vehicle Electronics manufactures more than 1,000 part types for fuel delivery, ignition and emissions and now is expanding on its expertise in control...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2020

The most successful companies are always striving to get better, to deliver more innovative products and get them to market faster. What do today’s product development teams think...

Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
White Papers: Materials
Extruding High-Performance Thermoplastic Filaments for 3D Printing

Over the last few years, high performance thermoplastics have become a widely discussed topic in the 3D printing community. However, due to the characteristics of high...

Question of the Week: Imaging
Will Flat Fisheye Lenses Play a Greater Role in Medical Imaging and Consumer Electronics?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an achievement from engineers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The teams designed the first completely flat fisheye lens to produce crisp, 180-degree panoramic images. The lenses, according to...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Here's an Idea: 3D Printing in Space
In this episode of Here's an Idea, NASA's Tracie Prater wants to leave spare parts back on Earth...and 3D print them in space.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using Silicon for Battery Anodes
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Hybrid Material is an Efficient Photodetector
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mass-Producible, Centimeter-Scale Metalens
Applications include low-light conditions such as on orbital satellites and VR applications where the lens needs to be larger than a pupil.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: October 2020
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
This technology makes it possible to save extensive data in objects such as shirt buttons, water bottles, or the lenses of glasses and then retrieve it years later.
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?

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