Materials & Coatings

Plastics

Learn the latest technologies and tactics for engineering plastics. Design engineers can browse applications and technical briefs for plastics used in 3D printing, military and defense, medical devices, automotive, and all areas of manufacturing.

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Special Reports: Materials
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - August 2023

New 3D printing technique is a game-changer for medical device testing…automated 3D scanning speeds part inspection…how to eliminate PCB static in medical electronics. Read about these...

Briefs: Materials
An international team of scientists is developing an inkable nanomaterial that they say could one day become a spray-on electronic component for ultra-thin, lightweight, and bendable displays and devices.
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Articles: Materials
Whether you call them packs, boxes, or trays, the structures that envelop and protect EV battery cells and their supporting electrical and thermal-management hardware are among the industry's top subsystem priorities.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers from Japan and Singapore have developed a new 3D-printing process for the fabrication of 3D metal–plastic composite structures with complex shapes.
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Articles: Materials
According to research, polymer AM technologies are forecasted to move into a multitude of industries over the next decade, with print production growing to nearly $26 billion annually by 2030.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Researchers have moved a step closer to finding a use for the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste produced every year that often winds up clogging streams and rivers and polluting our oceans.
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Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - March 2023

The first 3D-printed nano-alloy...plasma treatment increases plastic part value 10x...light-powered catalysts aid drug manufacturing...how to build better "soft" robots. Those are just a few...

Videos of the Month: Energy
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Special Reports: Materials
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Additive Manufacturing - November 2022

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Blog: Materials
The EU has already declared that the nonbiodegradable microplastics must be eliminated by 2025, but a team of MIT scientists has perhaps expedited that timeline.
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Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
A polymer breaking enzyme when infused into plastic causes the material to break down into its original components when submerged in compost or even warm water.
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Special Reports: Medical
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - August 2022

A novel ink that enables 3D printing of bone with living cells...advances in ultrasonic welding of plastics...additive manufacturing of self-powered wearable devices. Read these stories and...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Engineers have invented a way to spray extremely thin wires made of a plant-based material that could be used in N95 mask filters, devices that harvest energy for electricity, and potentially...

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Briefs: Materials

Researchers combined additive manufacturing with conventional compression molding to produce high-performance thermoplastic composites reinforced with short carbon fibers. The approach...

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Briefs: Materials
This method prints 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
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Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This process could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.
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Blog: Materials
A plastic known as 2DPA-1 is super-strong and super-light.
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Special Reports: Medical
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - February 2022

How virtual, cloud-based technologies are powering the next industrial revolution...transforming plastic parts into high-value products...designing optics for medical 3D printing. Read...

Briefs: Materials
The carbon fiber reinforced material can be repeatedly healed with heat.
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Briefs: Materials
An optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions.
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Blog: Materials

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

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Briefs: Materials
These elastomers have a wide range of uses for the building, automotive, and electronics industries.
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Briefs: Materials
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
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Briefs: Software
SensiCut, a smart material-sensing platform for laser cutters, can differentiate among 30 materials commonly found in makerspaces.
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Briefs: Transportation
The camera combines lasers, computers, and terahertz waves to see “unseen” details.
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UpFront: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA's satellite data reveals the pandemic's effect on our atmosphere, and a team of shoebox-sized rover scouts is prepped for the lunar surface.
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Blog: Materials
A team has created a new type of carbon fiber reinforced material that reverses any fatigue damage -- you just need a little heat.
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Special Reports: Design
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - November 2021

In this new report from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs magazines, discover how the latest advances in 3D printing, machining, molding and more are changing the way...

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