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.

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft...

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, introduced the BLAZE 600M non-contact optical measurement solution. The flexible, manually operated system provides ultra-rapid 3D data acquisition...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Measurement Terminal

The EL3751 EtherCAT terminal from Beckhoff Automation (Savage, MN) provides measurement as part of a standard I/O system. It acquires data at 10,000 samples per second and provides measurement accuracy of ±0.01% for...

Products: Test & Measurement
Digital Measurement

Siemens (Munich, Germany) offers Flender Gearlog digital measurement technology for gears that captures values relating to rotational speed, torque, temperature, and vibration using special sensors that record important...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Handheld Meter

The OMEGA® HHTP21 handheld particulate, humidity, and temperature meter from OMEGA Engineering (Stamford, CT) measures fine and coarse particle pollution from many different sources. Features include fine particulate matter...

Products: Test & Measurement
Bit Error Rate Tester

Keysight Technologies (Santa Rosa, CA) introduced the M8040A bit error rate tester (BERT) for testing PAM-4 and NRZ devices that operate up to 64 GBaud. Engineers in validation labs and R&D who characterize...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Friction Tester

Paul N. Gardner Co. (Pompano Beach, FL) offers a compact CFT friction tester that provides detailed information of the slip characteristics of packaging material. Surface slip is a key factor when printing, erecting, or...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Signal Analyzer

The MS2840A signal analyzer from Anritsu (Richardson, TX) features frequency coverage of 9 kHz to 44.5 GHz and close-in SSB phase noise performance. Frequency coverage can be extended to the millimeter wave (mmWave) range....

NASA-developed polyimide aerogels are 500 times stronger than conventional silica aerogels. The innovative aerogels represent a revolutionary advance over fragile silica...

Briefs: Materials
Catalytic Oxidation of Organic Contaminants at Reduced Pressure

The current technology for catalytic oxidation of aqueous organic contaminants at elevated temperature and pressure works well at operating conditions of 265 °F and 70 psia with effluent TOCs (total organic carbon) of less than 0.5 ppm. However, it does not perform well at the...

Briefs: Materials
Approach for Achieving Flame Retardancy While Retaining Physical Properties in a Compatible Polymer Matrix

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) seeks to license its Advanced Fire Retardant Materials to industry. KSC’s scientists have developed processes and know-how to impart fire retardancy to common polymers such as nylons, polyesters, and...

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a new technique to enable the preparation of metal/composite hybrid laminates, also known as fiber metal laminates (FML),...

The arrival of a thin, lightweight computer that even rolls up like a piece of paper will not be in the far distant future. Flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), built upon a plastic...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
“Squishy” Motors and Wheels Give Soft Robots a New Ride

A small, squishy vehicle equipped with soft wheels was developed at Rutgers University to roll over rough terrain and run underwater. The vehicle features a soft motor that...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Carbon Foam Made From Bread

Sturdy, lightweight carbon foam has many structural and insulating applications in aerospace engineering, energy storage, and temperature maintenance. Researchers have developed a strong, lightweight,...

INSIDER: Aerospace
Researchers Develop Self-Healing, Shape-Changing Smart Material

Washington State University researchers have created a multi-functional smart material that changes shape when subjected to heat or light; the material then assembles and disassembles itself.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: July 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: July 2016

Tecplot, Bellevue, WA, announced Tecplot 360 EX 2016 Release 2 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) post-processing software with SZL technology. An updated FEA data loader supports data files from Abaqus 6.14,...

JEOL’s (Peabody, MA) most recent addition to its suite of Transmission Electron Microscopes is the versatile JEM-F200, or “F2,” the only advanced analytical, high-throughput 200kV S/TEM in its class to...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Cameras

The EoSens® 25CXP+ and EoSens® 12CXP high-speed cameras from Mikrotron GmbH (Poway, CA) are powered by the OnSemi PYTHON CMOS sensor. Both 80 × 80 × 66 mm models have a global shutter and a photo-sensitivity of 5.8...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser-Based Light Engines

LASOS (Jena, Germany) has announced the commercial release of its MCS Series multi-color, laser-based light engines. The platform offers output power levels to 100 mW and up to six individual wavelengths from 405...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Hyperspectral Camera

XIMEA (Golden, CO) offers the xiSpec Hyperspectral Multi-Linescan Camera, which includes a line-wise arrangement of 150 HSI bands between 470 and 900 nm. Objects can be moved orthogonally to the horizontal color filters...

Products: Imaging
45 W LED Power Supplies

LinkCom Manufacturing (Walnut, CA) has announced a new family of INCORE high-performance constant-current LED power supplies. The first offering in the family is the 45 W DBFN-45 series. The slender, low-profile (372...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Inspection System

Coherix (Ann Arbor, MI) has announced the Predator3D™, an advanced bead inspection system used to monitor and control the dispensing of structural adhesives and sealants. The Predator3D captures the 3D data, including...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industrial Camera

JAI (San Jose, CA/Shanghai, China) has added the GO- 2400-PMCL to its Go Series of industrial cameras. A two-channel Mini Camera Link interface enables its Sony IMX174 CMOS imager to output full-resolution 2.35-megapixel...

To prevent lasers from sustaining damage as a result of their environment, Laser Components (Bedford, NH) places them in housings that can withstand all conditions. Thanks to the IP67 protective class,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CMOS Camera

The S-25A80/CXP camera from Adimec Electronic Imaging (Stoneham, MA) uses the ON Semiconductor Python 25k 25 MP CMOS global shutter image sensor. Images of 5120 x 5120 pixels are taken at a maximum of 80 full frames per second...

Products: Imaging
2D Optical Measuring Device

Titan Tool Supply, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a mobile and compact 2D optimal measuring device that provides accurate and precise measurements of workpieces in a matter of seconds. Manufactured in Germany...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Rapid Alignment Mirror Mounts

The OS-Z range of mirror mounts from Optical Surfaces Ltd. (Surrey, UK) provides ultra-stable, stress-free mounting and rapid alignment of off-axis parabolic, spherical, and flat mirrors as well as wedge back...

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