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.

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
What to Look for When Selecting Your Compact Air Cylinders

Not all compact air cylinders are created equal. Many components have similar features, and some look alike. How do you decide which one to use? This paper explores air cylinder...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Even NASA Needs Effective Parts Sourcing

You can design the best product in the world but what if the parts, assemblies, and sub-components for your idea aren’t there?

White Papers: Materials
AGM's Environmental Control Hardware Protects Military and Industrial Equipment!

Since 1970, AGM Container Controls, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) has led in the design and fabrication of environmental control hardware for the military, defense,...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Advanced Joining and Materials Technologies for Lightweight Vehicles

The rush to increase vehicle content of lightweight materials is demanding increasingly sophisticated techniques for joining non-traditional materials in non-traditional applications. The use of adhesives in body-in-white assembly is increasing at a feverish pace, and...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing Moves into High-Precision Applications

This 60-minute Webinar compares Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL) with traditional micro-fabrication methods and other additive manufacturing technologies. PµSL has been developed to address segments of the market that historically have not been well served by...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Do You See Yourself Someday Printing in 4D?

You’ve heard about 3D printing, but what about 4D?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week showcased how Rice University researchers’ new way of making shape-shifting materials. The “4D-printed” objects can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in temperature,...

Traditional robotic feet are made of rigid components. A team of engineers at UCSD turned to coffee grounds to make legged robots more flexible and able to walk on a variety of rough terrain.

Although perovskites are a promising alternative to silicon for solar cells, new manufacturing processes are needed to make them practical for commercial production. To help...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will More Manufacturers Go With Metal 3D Printing?

Our most recent issue of Tech Briefs featured a roundtable discussion about the future of 3D printing. The industry pros, including Stratsys Direct Manufacturing CEO Kent Firestone, spoke about how metal additive manufacturing has yet to catch on, due to cost constraints and build limitations....

New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
MEMS — Smart Sensors for the IoT
Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director of SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), talks about the current state of the MEMS industry and trends for the future,

Bio-interfacing and biodegradable flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) devices can help tackle some of the world’s great challenges including environmental degradation and food...

Technology Leaders: Communications
RF Innovations Give Batteries New Life
Low-power radio design is enabling new connected IoT products for consumer, commercial, industrial, and medical markets.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Building Perseverance
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Facility Focus: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Q&A: Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots
A robotic finger has a sense of touch that can be localized with high precision over a large, multi-curved surface.
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
This technology supports CO2 emissions reduction in cement manufacturing.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Hardware for More Flexible Robots
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
Articles: Nanotechnology
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
Wool from special sheep keeps astronauts and emergency responders safe.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

Understanding O-ring Complexity in the Aerospace Industry

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Path to High-Level Autonomy for Commercial Vehicles

Upcoming Webinars: Medical

COVID-19: The New Design Paradigm and Emerging Technologies

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

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Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

Aviation Electrification: Choosing Your Motor Topology and...

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robotics: Sharing the Workspace

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Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Do You See Yourself Someday Printing in 4D?

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