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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.

Technology Leaders: Materials
The Problem of Obsolete Avionics
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Graphite-Based Sensor for Wearable Medical Devices
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
BioPod Takes One Step Closer to Life on Mars
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Imitating Human Hands to Make Better Sensors
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UpFront: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Products: Software
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Energy
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Communications
The flexible antenna was designed for active aeronautical satellite communications.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Q&A: RF & Microwave Electronics

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering at Tufts University School of Engineering, Dean of Research, and Director of the Tufts Silklab led a team that has...

Briefs: Communications
The wearable antenna bends, stretches, and compresses without compromising function.
Briefs: Wearables
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Energy
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
For applications requiring high-energy material deposition coatings, you'll need to understand how stress can impact surface figure and system performance.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new high-speed sensor pushes the boundaries in light-starved conditions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Articles: Materials
A new generation of lithium-ion batteries is poised to improve electric vehicle range and affordability.
Briefs: Energy
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Lithium batteries, compartment gaskets, chargers, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Special Reports: AR/AI
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electroacoustic Transducers and Systems Are Not the Same as Electronic Components

This paper examines the complexity of ultrasonic and sonar sensing devices, and challenges the misconception that transducers are a commodity component that...

Blog: Materials
Researchers from the University of Minnesota discovered a way to convert "stubborn" metals like platinum and tungsten into thin films.
White Papers: Materials
Metal Alloys for Stamping & Deep Drawn Part Manufacturing

Formability and deep draw capabilities are a huge concern for manufacturers and part-makers. Deep drawing requires annealed properties with a homogeneous fine grain microstructure and...

Briefs: Energy
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Motion Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Materials
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.

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