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Access the technical resources for a range of materials and coatings. Design engineers can browse news, technical briefs, and applications for plastics, composites, rubbers, elastomers, and metals.

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White Papers: Materials
Energizing & Enabling e-Mobility with Elastomers

As a new era of e-mobility emerges, it's accompanied by new manufacturing challenges that require new material solutions. Companies must innovate in order to meet these challenges.

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Technology Help to Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Our October Q&A in Tech Briefs highlighted an achievement from Professor Aaron Sadow of Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Sadow’s chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics, which are then used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications.

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
How to Address Future Obsolescence in Embedded Computer Systems

Safeguarding the future of any program that includes embedded single board computers in terms of its long-term viability is typically front and center of the program manager’s...

Special Reports: Materials
Space Technology - October 2021

A new era of space exploration is set to begin with Artemis 1, the first in a series of increasingly complex NASA missions that will take humans back to the moon and then on to Mars. Read all about it in this...

Q&A: Green Design & Manufacturing
A chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Metamaterial printing, high-efficiency solar cells, and a noise-reduction material.
Briefs: Automotive
The technology could be key to lighter, less expensive, and long-lasting batteries for future electric vehicles.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Briefs: Materials
The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
A bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D-printed metals.
Briefs: Materials
Fano Resonance Optical Coatings (FROCs) can both transmit and reflect the same color simultaneously.
UpFront: Energy
NASA reveals winners of a CO2 conversion challenge.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The approach achieves near 100% light emission efficiency at all brightness levels.
Briefs: Energy
A new anode for aqueous batteries uses seawater as an electrolyte.
Products: Materials
Battery-pack test systems, data management, connector clips, and more.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
These technologies provide a tantalizing glimpse into the future of manufacturing automation.
Briefs: Energy
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The protective coating works like body armor for the atomically thin materials.
Briefs: Materials
The ultrathin magnet could advance new applications in computing and electronics.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Today, Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering performs research in robotics, cyberphysical systems, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, energy, and other topics.
Briefs: Energy
The method could be applied to carbon waste streams.
Briefs: Transportation
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This combination of technologies could enable developments for many optical applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pellistor/Catalytic Bead (CB) sensors can respond to flammable gases such as hydrogen, oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, methane, butane, propane, and carbon monoxide.
Products: Test & Measurement
Laser-distance sensors, light monitoring, flow meters, and more.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ewellix (Gothenburg, Sweden) has developed a planetary roller screw that's now on Mars.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vibration-absorbing resonators could better soundproof walls and make vehicles more streamlined.

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