Materials & Coatings


Learn what’s trending in the engineering metals used in 3D printing, military, medical devices, automotive, and manufacturing. Find the latest applications that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

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Issue Archive: Imaging
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The process predicts when and where microscopic cracks will occur before they become catastrophic.
On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The range of properties available across the family of Zinc Die Casting Alloys, combined with the multiple options for...

Special Reports: Medical
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2022

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...

Briefs: Materials
The material improves connectivity while maintaining recyclability and low cost.
Briefs: Materials
This method prints 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
Briefs: Materials
This process could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
The coatings eradicated human influenza and coronavirus in five minutes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include power and energy, communications, and sensors.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Mechanical properties, such as strength and ductility, can be improved for car, plane, and building components.
Briefs: Materials
Parts remain crack-free and defect-resistant, making them conducive for use in metal-based 3D-printing applications.
Briefs: Energy
The battery charges faster than a lithium-ion battery and is fire-safe and eco-friendly.
Briefs: Materials
A new design could extend the shelf-life of single-use metal-air batteries for electric vehicles, off-grid storage, and other applications.
Blog: Energy

An everyday material that we all know well may lead to safer, longer-lasting batteries for the electric vehicle.

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Opti-Scan inspection system can measure surfaces and edges in 3D.
Facility Focus: Energy
Learn about the technologies being developed at NC State, including vehicle armor, a monitoring patch for plants, and origami-inspired materials.
Briefs: Materials
The flexible, self-healing coating protects buildings, bridges, and anything above or below the water made of steel.
Briefs: Materials
The device provides the first step toward ultrasensitive biosensors to detect diseases at the molecular level with near-perfect efficiency.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This technology improves the detection of low-power far-infrared (FIR) signals.
Briefs: Power
The approach could advance the potential of high-powered, solid-electrolyte lithium batteries.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Prof. Jake J. Abbott is leading a team that has discovered a way to manipulate orbiting debris with spinning magnets.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Infrared lens testers, fiber optic transceivers, spectral radiometers, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The e-kit promises to be a low-cost solution in the developing world.
Articles: Materials
Freetouch turns a smartphone into a touchscreen remote control.
Articles: Materials
Nanotube fibers that turn heat to power; a NASA antenna system; and an antimicrobial coating.
Briefs: Energy
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Blog: Energy
Tech Briefs readers ask two industry experts about the effectiveness of CT scans when you want a deeper look at a battery.
Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
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...