Materials & Manufacturing

Browse innovative developments in materials and manufacturing that significantly impact military, medical devices, automotive, and industrial manufacturing. Advances in plastics, metals, and composites are transforming 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Indoor Light Someday Power Our Smart Devices?

Our lead INSIDER story today looks at “perovskite-inspired” materials that can absorb indoor light at higher efficiencies than ever before.

Natural motion in plants occurs because of cellulose fibers absorbing and releasing water. Scientists developed a simple method to produce self-folding origami structures based on this concept....

White Papers: Defense
Hermetic Feedthroughs Block Moisture in Tomorrow's Electronics

From automotive electronic control units to weather satellites and defense systems, electronics failures can bring communications and critical functions to a sudden halt. Experts...

Use of thermoplastics can contribute to weight savings for exterior components such as body panels, spoilers, and exterior trim. Some applications present...

A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Use 'Tsugite' Software for Woodworking?

A recent INSIDER story highlighted a new tool for architects, furniture-makers, and woodworking beginners. The interactive software from the University of Tokyo, known as "Tsugite," provides milling machine instructions and on-screen design guidance so that users can piece an object together...

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...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Metal Printing Titanium Hardware for Boom Supersonic

Discover how Boom Supersonic and VELO3D demonstrate additive manufacturing (AM) power and mark a turning point for supersonic travel commercial viability.

The RepelWrap inventors explain why their product is especially valuable as the world confronts a pandemic like COVID-19.
Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Here's an Idea: A Bug-Inspired Building Material for Mars
We spoke with Javier Gomez Fernandez from the Singapore University of Technology and Design about how Mars explorers – and even those of us on Earth – can make the most out of chitin.
On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Watch Live at 11 am ET: The 2020 Create the Future Contest Awards

For the first time, the winners of the Create the Future Design Contest will be announced live! Join us for this special one-hour presentation as we honor our 2020 Grand Prize...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Paper-Based Keypads Catch On?

The “5 Ws” feature of our November issue of Tech Briefs highlights a paper-based keypad being developed at Purdue University.

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Testing Considerations for Space Copper-Water Heat Pipes

On-board processing is becoming a vital part of satellite systems engineering. This results in more high-power components and more localized waste heat than ever before. A common...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Technical Ceramics: The Powerhouse of Advanced Materials

The automotive landscape is evolving at an unprecedented rate, and technical ceramics are poised to assist in shaping the future. Technical ceramics are inorganic ceramic materials whose combination of unique material properties makes them the right choice for electric and hybrid...

White Papers: Materials
Ulbrich RF & Microwave Cable Wire Capability Whitepaper

While commercial and defense aviation advances, so does Ulbrich's ability to provide light weight and high strength materials that allow planes to fly more efficiently than ever. As the...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industry Secrets to PCB Thermal Management

Keeping electronics at a reasonable temperature is not magic, although it may feel like it at times if you are not very familiar with the rules and situations.

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wool-Like Material Remembers and Changes Shape
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
The robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Assembly of Photovoltaic Arrays
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Other applications include cosmetics, 3D printing, and drug formulations.
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Facility Focus: Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: Rochester Institute of Technology
Learn about RIT's achievements in cybersecurity, imaging science, and personalized healthcare tech.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the Market: November 2020
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Sweating Robot Muscle
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Machine Vision for Industrial Inspection

Upcoming Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Vehicle Electrification

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Evolution of SOSA

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

Tech Talks: Medical

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

Trending Stories

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Here's an Idea: A Bug-Inspired Building Material for Mars

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

PLC-Based Robotic Controls Versus OEM Robotic Controls

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Mechatronic System Integration and Design

Briefs: Aerospace

Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts

Briefs: Materials

Developing Ceramic-Like Bulk Metallic Glass Gears

Briefs: Materials

Aerofoam

Videos