Materials & Coatings

Materials

Learn the latest developments and technical resources for next-generation materials technologies. Learn more about the applications in aerospace, medical, military, and 3D printing.

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White Papers: Aerospace
AGM's Environmental Control Hardware Protects Military and Industrial Equipment!

Since 1970, AGM Container Controls, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) has led in the design and fabrication of environmental control hardware for the military, defense,...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Advanced Joining and Materials Technologies for Lightweight Vehicles

The rush to increase vehicle content of lightweight materials is demanding increasingly sophisticated techniques for joining non-traditional materials in non-traditional applications. The use of adhesives in body-in-white assembly is increasing at a feverish pace, and...

Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
Wool from special sheep keeps astronauts and emergency responders safe.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Metals Change Surfaces in Response to Heat
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
This method can be used to protect stored building materials and to remediate in-service wood and wood products.
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Bacterial pathogens can live on surfaces for days. What if frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, could instantly kill them off?
This technology supports CO2 emissions reduction in cement manufacturing.
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Tech Talks: Materials
Longer Lifetimes, Lower Costs: The 94 AU 30000 Material Advantage

Seals are the workhorses of hydraulic systems, and the demands placed on seals can be extreme in today’s increasingly rugged industrial applications. Challenges such as higher temperatures, fluctuating pressures, aggressive media, difficult terrain, longer working hours,...

White Papers: Medical
The Advantages of Electropolishing

Stamping and machining leave behind a variety of surface imperfections that affect the fit, form, and safety of metal parts. Learn how the process of electropolishing can fix one of the most common...

The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives.
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will ‘Flexoskeletons’ Catch On?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have found a new way to make soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The “flexoskeletons” are both made of a rigid material and a thin sheet of polycarbonate that acts as a flexible base. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

What do you think? Will...

The future’s getting brighter for solar power. Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
System Provides Cooling with No Electricity
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nano-Infused Ceramic Can Report its own Health
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Executive Roundtable: 3D Printing
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.

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Understanding O-ring Complexity in the Aerospace Industry

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The Path to High-Level Autonomy for Commercial Vehicles

Upcoming Webinars: Medical

COVID-19: The New Design Paradigm and Emerging Technologies

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Why Multiple Sensing Modalities Are Required to Achieve Level 3...

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Aviation Electrification: Choosing Your Motor Topology and...

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Collaborative Robotics: Sharing the Workspace

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