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.

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Shock Recorder

DTS, Seal Beach, CA, has introduced the TSR 6DXC shock recorder that incorporates built-in sensors in a small, rugged system for high shock and vibration data collection. The self-powered system can capture up to 2,000...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Data Analysis Software

OriginLab, Northampton, MA, released Origin® and OriginPro 2016 data analysis and graphing software that features Apps in Origin to add specific graphing and analysis functionality, a Color Chooser, Smart...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Welding Simulator

The Gleeble Welding Simulator from Dynamic Systems, Poestenkill, NY, provides a complete platform for welding simulations and testing capabilities, including weld HAZ simulation, crack susceptibility, and nil-strength...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Plastic Enclosures

OKW Enclosures, Bridgeville, PA, offers PACONNECT compact plastic enclosures for wired applications. The cases are offered in three sizes and consist of two case shells that are snapped together. Either end can be fitted...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Prototyping Platform

Avnet, Phoenix, AZ, released the ONIXVU440 flexible platform based on the Xilinx Virtex® UltraScaleTM XCVU440 FPGA. The board is designed for rapid prototyping and ASIC emulation of high-performance, highcomplexity...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spring Connectors

Harwin, Salem, NH, offers Spring Contact Connectors including extended C and Positive Stop models in nine heights that maintain a positive force against a mating surface. They are available in different widths for a choice of spring contact forces, and offer “positive stop” to prevent damage caused by over-compression. They...

Scientists from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made flexible, transparent electrical conductors with record-high...

Engineers at The Ohio State University have developed a new welding technique that consumes 80 percent less energy than a common welding technique, yet creates bonds that are 50 percent...

A low-cost, high-speed method for printing graphene inks using a conventional roll-to-roll printing process, like that used to print newspapers, could open up a...

INSIDER: Materials
Sponge-Like Material Soaks Up Oil Spills

In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material. The boron nitride nanosheet absorbs up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents — a...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stable, Flat Packaging Concepts for Large Detector Arrays

A ceramic vacuum chuck is used to hold large detector arrays flat while being attached parallel to a rigid substrate. Once held in the vacuum chuck, the component is typically seized by epoxy against a rigid substrate. The problem that interferes with this operation happens when the epoxy...

W-band active phased array antennas have a very small inter-element pitch (≈2 mm). In this innovation, instead of trying to integrate isolators into the unit...

There has been a great deal of interest in building bolometers from hightemperature superconductors due to their high transition temperatures and the...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Uniformly Etched Lateral Gratings Applied to Pre-existing Ridge Waveguides

There is great difficulty in implementing lateral gratings in GaSb-based lasers. Commercially, single-frequency GaSb lasers have been fabricated using metal gratings deposited laterally to the ridge-waveguide (RWG) stripe. The disadvantage of this is that the laser...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Precision Thin Film Metal Liftoff Technique

The objective of this work was to develop a thin film metal liftoff process that would allow one to accurately pattern two-micron-wide (or wider) features. The goal of this innovation was to pattern thin metal films on silicon substrates. The thin metal films can be deposited using physical vapor...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Process for 3D Printer Filament Fabrication

Conventional filament extrusion processes are unsuitable for recycling materials on the International Space Station due to requirements for continuous monitoring and tuning, as well as poor filament dimensional control. The Positrusion process recycles scrap or waste thermoplastics into filament for 3D...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: December 2015

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...

Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, introduced series E36100 compact DC power supplies that offer LAN and USB interfaces and reliable power for testing and validating designs. Five models feature up to...

Products: Imaging
Imaging Software

ARM-based Z series Smart Cameras from Vision Components (Ettlingen, Germany/ Hudson, NH) are now available with HALCON Embedded software. The software features an integrated development environment and a comprehensive...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
CMOS Cameras

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) has announced new industrial cameras equipped with the Sony Full HD WDR Sensor IMX174. The cameras are available as GigE (PoE) and USB 3 versions in monochrome and color. At full HD, the...

Products: Imaging
Multi-Screen Imaging

The Transcoder Gateway from Pleora Technologies (Kanata, ON, Canada) transmits GigE Vision and USB3 Vision video to any playback device, including tablets and smartphones. While preserving the high-quality video required...

Products: Imaging
USB3 Cameras

Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany/Exton, PA) has released the Basler pulse. Weighing 60 g and measuring 38.8 × 28.2 mm (diameter × length), the camera is available with either global or rolling shutter CMOS sensors, resolutions of...

Products: Imaging
Imaging Filters

TECHSPEC® Imaging Filters from Edmund Optic® (Barrington, NJ) pass or block specific UV, visible, or IR wavelengths and provide wide angles of incidence. Optimized for use with popular LEDs, the RoHS-compliant filters...

Products: Imaging
High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has updated its UHS-Series line of 1-megapixel (1Mpx) cameras. The Phantom v2512, v2012, v1612, and v1212 cameras are now available with either 72GB, 144GB, or 288GB of memory. Vision...

Products: Imaging
Radiation-Hard Lenses

The new Model 346 non-browning lens from Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, UK) operates with color sensors in areas subject to radiation. The lens uses special glass that withstands long-term exposure to radiation up to a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Line-Scan Cameras

Teledyne DALSA (Waterloo, ON, Canada) has expanded its Linea™ line scan cameras to include a new 8k GigE Vision model. The Linea 8k uses Teledyne DALSA’s CMOS sensor with 7.04 × 7.04 μm pixel size. The camera achieves...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Cameras

The EyeCheck Thermo smart camera from EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) features 8 inputs/outputs and a tolerance of up to 24V. Available resolutions include 320 × 240 (EC Thermo 800) and 640 × 480 (EC Thermo 1000). The camera’s...

Products: Imaging
High-Speed Cameras

The FASTCAM Mini AX200 from Photron (San Diego, CA) features 1,024 × 1,024 pixel resolution at 6,400 frames per second (fps). The 12-bit CMOS sensor with 20 μm square pixels square aspect ratio supports microscopy and...

Products: Imaging
Frame Grabbers

AVC-2 frame grabbers from VRmagic (Mannheim, Germany) transmit converted digital signals in real time via composite, Y/C, or Svideo, in monochrome or color mode. The VRmAVC-2 is supplied with power via its USB connection and...

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