Materials & Manufacturing

Manufacturing & Prototyping

Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Will "print-and-go" structures lead to printable robots?

As seen in this week's Tech Briefs TV video, MIT researchers envision many possibilities for devices that self-fold without external stimuli.

Do you?

Will "print-and-go" structures lead to printable robots?

White Papers : Aerospace
Critical Factors in Selecting an EMS Company for Aerospace Products

For aerospace products, where requirements are stringent and device failure is not an option, choosing an EMS partner can be critical. Knowledge of an EMS company’s certifications, processes, facilities, service, and support, can lead to success in your selection.

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
3D Printing Buyers Guide

3D printing has become a powerful force in today’s manufacturing industry from prototyping to end-use production. Many businesses struggle to find the right additive manufacturing solutions that suit their needs and provide return on investment (ROI). Selecting the right platform to prevent manufacturing roadblocks is...

Question of the Week : Materials
Do you see valuable applications for 3D-printed Kapton?

Our lead INSIDER story today showcased a new Kapton-like material, developed by a team at Virginia Tech. The researchers hope that the 3D-printed polymer will support new applications, including deep space exploration.

"We're only used to designing a product and then wrapping it in...

News : Materials
Researchers Print the Unprintable: Kapton

Kapton, a material used in electronics and aerospace applications, has only been available in sheet form. Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to 3D-print a polymer with Kapton's structural characteristics.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sound-Off: How Does Recycled Powder Impact a 3D-Printed Part?

In the additive manufacturing process, leftover powder is often recycled for the next job. Do the raw materials degrade with time and exposure?

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sound-Off: Who is Using 3D Printing for Thermal Management?

By reducing size and weight, 3D-printed parts provide an opportunity to improve thermal control systems. So which major industries are leading the way and using additive manufacturing to stabilize product temperatures?

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advancing Thermal Management with 3D Printing

Thermal Management is an integral function within many applications and industries including aerospace, automotive, electronic systems, and consumer products. 3D printing enables users to accelerate the development, visualization, testing and production of thermal control systems. Leverage...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sound-Off: What is Live Tooling?

When features need to be removed from a product, manufacturers often use a subtractive process known as CNC machining. In a Tech Briefs presentation last week, engineer Tony Holtz made a case for a more “Rapid” method.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Next 3D-Printed Part: A Hack?

See what’s new on Tech Briefs, including a three-layer way of securing the growing number of 3D-printed parts being placed in today’s vehicles and airplanes.

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
How to Reduce Production Costs with Rapid CNC Machining

Machining remains a valuable manufacturing method for plastic and metal components. Rapid CNC machining looks at manufacturing differently than traditional CNC machining—understanding how to design for rapid CNC machining can accelerate production speed and reduce part costs.

Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Are you concerned about the integrity of 3D-printed parts?

This week's INSIDER story features a new method for verifying the integrity of critical 3D-printed parts, from brakes to aircraft components. What do you think? Are you concerned about the integrity of 3D-printed parts?

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sound-Off: How to Sell Additive Manufacturing to the Organization

How do you convince program managers to take an additive manufacturing approach to tooling? A 3D-printing pro shares lessons he learned about how to overcome obstacles from leadership.

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Secure 3D Printing: 'Three-Layer' System Protects Parts from Hackers

A 3D printer is essentially a small embedded computer — and can be exploited like one.

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Rutgers University have developed a “three-layer” way of certifying that an additively manufactured part has not been...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cost-Effective Additive Manufactured Tooling for Composites

In this 30-minute webinar, you will learn how Dan Campbell and Aurora Flight Science are using additive manufacturing for composite tooling. Dan will also share how an Air Force research laboratory-sponsored program evaluated manufactured tools for the fabrication of carbon fiber...

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