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
Bottom-line Reasons for Using Additive Manufactured Production Tooling

High fabrication costs, long lead times and the cost to carry inventory don’t need to be the rule of the day when it comes to making production tooling. Additive...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Do the 5G Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A feature article in this month’s Tech Briefs explored how the fifth-generation mobile network known as 5G will support the creation of increasingly “smart” factories – ones that allow manufacturers to further improve factory automation, human/machine interfaces, and mobility.

“We’re analyzing rocks from space, atom by atom,” says researcher Jennika Greer.
INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
“Pop-Up” Technique Fabricates Microrobots

A bulk-machined “Pop-Up” MEMS process was developed for creating mesoscale machines up to several centimeters in dimension.

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robot and Software Create Advanced Materials

Rutgers University engineers have developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. While a human researcher...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design FAQ: Understanding the Value of Protective Packaging Standards for Hard Cases

ANSI, ISO, IEEE, NIST, UL … you probably recognize most of the acronyms for these well-known standards organizations. They establish specifications for...

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a...

Learn about the latest measurement technology designed to ensure accurate testing of helical compression and extension springs.
Briefs: Materials
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
This process turns carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes with small diameters.
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
5G has the potential to provide connectivity for a range of different uses in manufacturing.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” for 3D-Printed Devices
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
The flat structure morphs into another shape when temperature changes, enabling self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.
Briefs: Materials
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Soft Robot That Can Maintain Its Temperature? No Sweat!
Cornell researcher T.J. Wallin explains what's so cool about a robot that sweats.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Combining Hardware and Software to Create an Effective Human Machine Interface

It’s well known that human beings are visual creatures and we would all choose a pretty picture over boring text any day. But on the scientific side, it’s...

Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

White Papers: Materials
Metal Finishing White Paper: Electropolishing to Improve Corrosion Protection

One of the most common applications for electropolishing is to enhance corrosion resistance on a wide variety of metal alloys, specifically stainless steel....

NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.

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