Materials & Coatings

Metals

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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The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
The hard “coin,” could be used to make super-strength metal coatings or larger industrial components.
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Mixed-signal oscilloscopes, 3D printers, DC/DC converters, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Method Turns Fruit Peels into New Batteries
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Quantum Switch Turns Metals into Insulators
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Metal Injection Molding

This 60-minute Webinar examines metal injection molding (MIM), a unique process that eliminates the need for complex, expensive machining when producing small, intricate steel and stainless steel components....

Briefs: Data Acquisition
Occulter for CubeSat Coronagraph
The instrument has uses in photography where the goal is to image a dim object near a bright one.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Test & Measurement - September 2020

See how the latest test tools and methodologies are enabling new applications in aerospace, electronics, robotics, healthcare, and other key industries. This compendium of recent articles is presented by...

The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
Researchers at Linköping University, together with colleagues in China, have developed a tiny unit that is both an optical transmitter and a receiver.
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
In the operating room, you can produce bioresorbable metal implants, such as screws for bone fractures.
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
NASA needed help accurately measuring Earth-reflected sunlight.
Question of the Week: Materials
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....

New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.

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