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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.

Briefs: Energy
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Briefs: Materials
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
Briefs: Energy
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
5 Ws: Materials
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Inspired by camel fur, a two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.
Briefs: Materials
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
Briefs: Materials
This invention holds potential for a range of biomedical applications, from controlled-release drug delivery to tissue engineering.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
Briefs: Imaging
This nanoparticle-based adhesive is visible in common imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT).
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
E-Book - Virtual Commissioning: Why New Designs Fail

Today's production systems require extensive development and validation to meet the needs of the highly competitive manufacturing industry. This is a high-risk activity and manufacturers...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
White Papers: Tubing & Extrusion
White Paper: Hardened Steel Shafting Comparison

Every linear bearing application requires a linear shaft as the inner raceway. Often it is overlooked, or merely considered insignificant. There are also times during the procurement stages...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom Built Machines Increase Employee Safety, Speed Up Production, and Save You Money

A lot of companies shy away from custom machine builds because they believe them to be more expensive than simply selecting a pre-built off-the-shelf...

Podcasts: Wearables
In this episode of our Here's an Idea podcast, we speak to engineers who are building a variety of wearables. And some sensors blend in more than others.
On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Ultra-High Purity Silicone in Aerospace and Defense Product Design

The performance and stability of materials used on aircraft in extreme atmospheric temperatures have their challenges, especially when fuel exposure is inevitable. Finding the right material shouldn’t be one. In this 30-minute Webinar, an expert in fluorosilicones...

INSIDER: Green Design & Manufacturing

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

INSIDER: Power

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have proposed a solution to dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries using microfluidics. The group proved that flowing ions...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Photochemical Machining: Innovative Solutions for Precision Etched Metal Parts

Complex, precision metal components are found in a variety of applications in aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, electronics, and more. The demand for...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Technology Increasingly Integrate with Nature?

“Nature is much more advanced than we are, so we should use it,” said Dr. Ben Maoz, one of a team of Tel Aviv University researchers who created a robot that uses a dead locust’s ear to “hear” electrical signals and respond to them with movement. (Read our lead story to learn...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 2021 “Create the Future” Design Contest is open, and we want to hear your big ideas.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Use Predictive Analytics and Industry Parts Data to Forecast Parts Failure- Reduce Defects-Unlock Efficiencies-Minimize Downtime.

Learn how manufacturers, suppliers and off-highway equipment operators are using predictive analytics to help...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
White Paper: IVT vs. V-Roller

Historically, one of the more commonly used linear guidance systems has been cam rollers of V-profile running on separate steel rails fastened to a structure. In recent years, PBC Linear has introduced another...

Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The ability to identify hidden patterns, predict future issues, forecast usage and costs, and derive insights from IoT sensor data will reshape the industrial process forever.

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