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.

Latest Briefs & News

Products: Imaging
Infrared lens testers, fiber optic transceivers, spectral radiometers, and more.
Blog: Imaging
Tech Briefs readers ask two industry experts about the effectiveness of CT scans when you want a deeper look at a battery.
Special Reports: Aerospace
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...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
With this advance, so-called “flextronics” move closer to reality.
Products: Imaging
Battery-pack test systems, data management, connector clips, and more.
Articles: Data Acquisition
These technologies provide a tantalizing glimpse into the future of manufacturing automation.
Products: Motion Control
Laser-distance sensors, light monitoring, flow meters, and more.
Application Briefs: Materials
Ewellix (Gothenburg, Sweden) has developed a planetary roller screw that's now on Mars.
Briefs: Motion Control
The tiny motors mimic how rock climbers navigate inclines.
Briefs: Materials
The soft and stretchable device converts movement into electricity and can work in wet environments.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The technology could improve the control of prosthetic hands and provide a sense of “touch” for amputees.
Products: Motion Control
Motion controllers, electric cylinders, cobot brakes, and more.
Articles: Motion Control
Learn seven key design considerations for implementing electrohydraulic valves.
Tech Talks: Manufacturing & Prototyping

This 20-minute Tech Talk examines the best course of action for your programs as they move from R&D to prototyping, pre-production, and finally full...

Technology Leaders: Data Acquisition
Learn different strategies for addressing outdated avionics, like adding in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include manufacturing structural components for aerospace vehicles, cars, trucks, trains, ships, and submarines.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Propulsion
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Materials
High-yield synthesis of carbon nanotubes is enabled via free electron laser ablation.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Articles: Imaging
A new high-speed sensor pushes the boundaries in light-starved conditions.
Briefs: Materials
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Transportation
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Briefs: Energy
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Energy
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Blog: Materials
Researchers from the University of Minnesota discovered a way to convert "stubborn" metals like platinum and tungsten into thin films.
Briefs: Materials
The technology recovers pure and precious metals from alloys in cellphones and other electrical waste.