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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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Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will More Manufacturers Go With Metal 3D Printing?

Our most recent issue of Tech Briefs featured a roundtable discussion about the future of 3D printing. The industry pros, including Stratsys Direct Manufacturing CEO Kent Firestone, spoke about how metal additive manufacturing has yet to catch on, due to cost constraints and build limitations....

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Don’t Blame it on the Bearings
New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
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.
Bacterial pathogens can live on surfaces for days. What if frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, could instantly kill them off?
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.
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.
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Tech Talks: Materials
What to Know: Forming Thin Metal Parts

Metal parts are part of almost every electronic, rocket, and medical device. The parts need to be reliably precise in order for the application to work successfully. This Tech Talk examines the best practices of forming a photochemically etched metal component.

Briefs: Aerospace
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
The new body armor can safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fiber Lasers for Powertrain Welding Applications
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Copper Strengthens 3D-Printed Titanium
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: March 2020 Tech Briefs

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece...

How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
This process turns carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes with small diameters.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Enhancing Materials for High-Resolution Patterning
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Thermally Conductive Polymer Films
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.

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