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Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Solid-State Humidity Sensing Element

Researchers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a solid-state humidity sensing element that offers ultra-high sensitivity across a wide range of humidity levels. The sensing element is based on a novel ceramic dielectric material that exhibits large changes in capacitance as a function of...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Fabric Stores Information Without Electronics

Conductive thread — embroidery thread that can carry an electrical current — often is combined with other types of electronics to create fabric that lights up or communicates. This...

Briefs : Motion Control
Metamaterial Converts Linear Compression Forces into a Rotational Movement

Using 3D printers, researchers have created a metamaterial from cubic building blocks that responds to compression forces by a rotation. Usually, this can only be...

INSIDER : Materials
Nanotube Fibers Made by Hand to Cut Production Time

A method developed at Rice University allows researchers to make short lengths of strong, conductive fibers from small samples of bulk nanotubes in about an hour. It can take grams of material and weeks of effort to optimize the process of spinning continuous fibers, but the new method cuts...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Initially Moon-Bound, A New Demolition Probe Breaks Ground on Earth

An electrically-driven demolition probe originally funded by NASA enables a more precise, quieter fracturing method that its creators hope will give construction workers on...

White Papers : Medical
Antimicrobial Polyurethane Foams Provide Advanced, Effective Wound Care

Caring for wounds effectively is a top concern for hospitals, particularly in today’s climate of chronic diseases and the rising geriatric population. Wound dressings that prevent infection and are durable as well as comfortable for the patient are on the top of...

News : Materials
Electropolishing Solutions for the Medical Industry

As a critical component in patient healthcare, medical device manufacturing is highly regulated and requires the utmost attention to sanitation, safety, and biocompatibility. Used both internally and externally, devices must be clean, defect-free, and burr-free; meet stringent demands from a...

News : Materials
What it Does, How it Works

Electropolishing is often referred to as a “reverse plating” process. Electrochemical in nature, electropolishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws from the surface of a metal part.

News : Medical
Single-Operation Finish for Improved Biocompatibility of Implants

Orthopedic and cardiovascular implants are some of the most common medical devices manufactured today that demand high levels of biocompatibility. To ensure better patient...

News : Materials
Metal Finishing Capabilities
In addition to electropolishing, other metal finishing capabilities include laser marking, which can be used to ensure compliance with the latest UDI requirements, and color anodizing, which can be used to improve...
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cutting Tools and Drills

Cutting tools, drills, and blades are critical devices used in surgical procedures. Blades used in surgical procedures must be free from burrs and laser slag and remain sharp for accurate cutting. Remaining burrs...

INSIDER : Materials
Addition of Tin Boosts Nanoparticle’s Photoluminescence

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed germanium nanoparticles with improved photoluminescence, making them potentially better materials for...

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Changes Inside Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Give Clues to Improving Solar Cells

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that...

News : Materials
Inspiring Young Scientists, One Tiny Fidget Spinner at a Time
ORNL staff scientist Adam Rondinone explains how his team made the tiny toy.
White Papers : Materials
Advantages of Using Silicone Adhesives for Medical Device Assemblies

The assembly applications for medical device manufacturers typically come with their own distinctive set of rigorous requirements. This white paper takes a closer look at one and two part silicone medical adhesives. These exceptional elastomeric systems offer a combination of...

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