Materials & Manufacturing

Materials & Coatings

Access the technical resources for a range of materials and coatings. Design engineers can browse news, technical briefs, and applications for plastics, composites, rubbers, elastomers, and metals.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that asymmetric stresses within electrodes used in certain wearable electronic devices provides an important clue as to how to...

White Papers: Materials
Flame Retardant Epoxies and Silicones Meet Critical Safety Requirements

Used in aircraft applications, epoxies and silicones must maintain their primary role as adhesives or coatings while exhibiting resistance to heat and flame in...

The reliability of critical components, systems, and devices takes top priority in today’s healthcare environment. With the continued development of highly sophisticated...

This high-strength material could be used to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanomaterial Gives Robots Chameleon Skin
Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: September 2020
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Briefs: Materials
Liquid-Repelling Substance Works on All Surfaces
The new coating can eliminate complex disinfectant procedures for protective face shields.
In 2019, NASA engineers test-fired a 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber.
The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Occulter for CubeSat Coronagraph
The instrument has uses in photography where the goal is to image a dim object near a bright one.
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
Briefs: Materials
Biomaterial Shields Against Harmful Radiation
A new form of melanin can protect human tissue from X-rays during medical treatment or spaceflight.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Thermally Conductive, Stretchable Rubber Material
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Measuring Surface Roughness with an Atomic Force Microscope

Thin films and engineered surfaces are used in a myriad of applications including semiconductor electronics, data storage, and precision optics. In many cases, surface roughness and...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
T-Ray Camera Speed Boosted a Hundred Times Over
Real-time terahertz imaging with a single-pixel detector.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: September 2020 Tech Briefs
InnoSenT introduced the IMD-3000 radar system as an alternative to pushbutton switches.
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Design-for-Assembly Fundamentals To Get PCBs Back Faster

If your PCB cannot be fabricated and assembled, any other design decisions simply do not matter. Additionally, just because your board can be fabricated, does not necessarily mean it...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Single-molecule Localisation Microscopy (Smlm): How to Overcome the Abbe Diffraction Limit?

The Abbe diffraction barrier, which fundamentally restricted the lateral optical resolution to 200 – 300 nm until the early 1990s, can be overcome...

Tech Talks: Materials
Ultra-Thin, Lightweight, Waterproof Coatings for Unmanned Vehicles

Used extensively in the aerospace industry, ultra-thin and lightweight Parylene conformal coatings provide dependable protection in extreme environmental conditions for components used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) while adding little dimension and mass. Parylenes...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Test a Living Sensor, Made with Bacteria
Dr. James Rees is spending the time in his lab testing sensors made from bacteria.
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.

Trending Stories

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Using the IoT for Predictive Maintenance

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Better Densification of Cryogenic Liquid Rocket Propellants

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas

Blog: Electronics & Computers

New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

Guided by Light, A Mini Robot Catches Particles Underwater

Videos