Materials & Coatings

Composites

Explore the latest developments, technical briefs, and a wide range of white papers on the composites used in military, aviation, medical devices, and automotive applications.

These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
David Kaplan is solidifying silk to make products like rods and plates for medical implants.
Briefs: Materials
Production Method for High-Performance Polymer
A new composite nanoparticle catalyst produces a polymer to make body armor and other high-performance fabrics.
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
With the new microlattice pads, players will have greater protection from both single hits and a series of impacts.
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.
Special Reports: Materials
Advanced Materials - February 2020

Breakthroughs in plastics, composites, metals, and other materials technologies are enabling exciting new applications in industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to medical. Read more in this...

Question of the Week: Materials
Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the potential of fungi as a building material. Aside from supporting theoretical space habitats, fungal mycelia have been used to create actual chairs and 2x4 structures. What do you think? Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
The Next Building Material for Mars: Fungi?
When astronauts arrive on the Moon, their habitat may be one made out of fungi.
Have you heard of "Thubber?"
A carbon nanotube heat shield can better protect extremely fast aircraft.
These barrier coatings protect high-performance components in extreme environments.
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) Actuator
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.

Researchers have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners, and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen....

In the wake of recent developments that have reduced fan and jet noise contributions to overall jet-engine noise, aircraft designers are turning their attention toward reducing engine core...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Are You Lightweighting with Plastics and Composites?

A Tech Briefs webinar this month focused on the idea of lightweighting – or replacing traditionally metal parts, like engine components, with plastics and composites.

Transparent electrodes are a critical component of solar cells and electronic displays. To collect electricity in a solar cell or inject electricity for a display, you need a conductive contact,...

How do thermoplastic composites compare to the thermoset composites already in use for several decades? A Tech Briefs reader asks.

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