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.

Briefs: Materials
Processing and Manufacture of Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Syntactic Structural Cryogenic Insulator

Reducing the cost and weight of launch structures is essential to meeting NASA goals for reliable access to space. Currently, separate systems are used for structure and pressure containment, cryogenic insulation, and high-temperature insulation. One...

NASA Technology

The world is made out of bad concrete and rusty steel, and corrosion is the primary cause of deterioration of our infrastructure,” says Bob Walde, vice president of...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Space Station Crew 3D Prints Student-Designed Tool

A college student who won a NASA design challenge recently had the tool he designed 3D-printed on the Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station. The Multipurpose...

The present-day chemical industry is based on oil. Many chemical products – from plastics through to detergents and solvents, to medication and crop protection products – have their...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Technology “Prints” Customized Pills

Researchers have found a way to make personalized medicine cheaper and easier through a tablet fabrication system that 3D prints a myriad of pills in just one tablet. While there are existing...

INSIDER: Medical
Researchers Keep Hydrogels Hydrated

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a way to prevent hydrogels from dehydrating. The water-based technique could lead to longer-lasting contact lenses, stretchy microfluidic devices, flexible bioelectronics, and even artificial skin.

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Polymer Turns Methane to Methanol

By combining biology and 3D printing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created a reactor that continuously produces methanol from methane at room temperature and pressure.

A breakthrough by an Australian collaboration of researchers could make infrared technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defense and other areas using...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month

Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, introduced the J750 3D printer that produces full-color, multi-material prototypes and parts in a single 3D print without post-processing. Users can choose from more than 360,000 different...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
'On the Fly' 3D Printer Adjusts to Design Changes

In conventional 3D printing, a nozzle scans across a stage: depositing drops of plastic, rising slightly after each pass, and building an object in a series of layers. A new "on-the-fly" prototyping system from Cornell University allows the designer to make refinements while printing is in...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: June 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: Aerospace
Product of the Month: June 2016

Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, introduced the J750 3D printer that produces full-color, multi-material prototypes and parts in a single 3D print without post-processing. Users can choose from more than 360,000...

Products: Aerospace
Handheld Meters for Test Kits

OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, offers the HHC200 Series portable, rugged environmental meters. Digital thermometers are offered in infrared and dual thermocouple models. Also available are light meters and...

Products: Aerospace
Sampling Oscilloscopes

The N1092A, N1092B, and N1092D DCA-M sampling oscilloscopes from Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, are designed for 25/100/400 Gb/s optical test. They measure low-power, high-data-rate NRZ and PAM-4 devices and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Voltage/Current Source

The Model 526 Precision DC Voltage/Current Source/Calibrator from Krohn-Hite Corp., Brockton, MA, is a repeatable DC voltage source and DC current source that provides NIST-traceable voltages from ±100 nVdc to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Power Meters

Yokogawa Corporation of America, Newnan, GA, announced the WT300E series compact power meters that consists of the WT310E single-phase, WT310EH single-phase high current, WT332E two-element, and WT333E three-element models....

Products: Aerospace
Leak Detector

Pfeiffer Vacuum, Nashua, NH, offers the ASI 35 modular leak detection system for tracer gases helium and hydrogen in integral and localizing test procedures or a combination of both. An optional user interface can be...

Products: Aerospace
Power Analyzer

Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, introduced the PA3000 1- to 4-channel AC/DC power analyzer for testing single- and multiphase, high-efficiency AC-DC and DC-AC power supplies. It features 10-milliwatt standby power measurement...

Products: Aerospace
Mechatronics Platform

Eplan, Monheim, Germany, introduced Syngineer, a communication and information platform that interfaces MCAD, ECAD, and PLC software directly through the mechatronic structure. It synchronizes mechanical engineering,...

Products: Aerospace
Dual-Channel Transceiver

Red Rapids, Richardson, TX, introduced the Model 372 FPGA-configurable dual-channel transceiver that features a dual-channel 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and dual-channel 16-bit digital-to-analog...

Products: Aerospace
EMI-Shielded Vents and Filters

Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, offers EMI-shielded vents and air filters in most shapes and sizes. Nine different aluminum honeycomb vents are offered in both standard and custom configurations. Shielded fan vents...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Motor Drive

The RoadRunner SoftStep R213S microstepping motor drive from Testra Corp. (Tempe, AZ) features an onboard processor that treats the input steps as small vector moves, and chains them together with 250 or 256 microsteps per...

Products: Motion Control

ALM Positioners (Rock Island, IL) released the Model MHL1P 10,000-pound-capacity single-column positioner that features 68.5" vertical travel in 35 seconds; a pendant-controlled, 4-HP, column-mounted hydraulic unit for lifting...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Slide

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) introduced the WGS Wide Guide Screw linear slide that utilizes a screw-driven carriage. Length and speed are not limited by critical screw speed, allowing high RPM, linear speed, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Angle Sensors

Novotechnik U.S. (Southborough, MA) introduced the RSX-7900 Series angle sensors that provide up to IP69K ingress protection and ISO13849 PL-d safety compliance in a non-contacting design. The sensors are available in six...

Products: Motion Control

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the HEX500-350HL high-load, six-degree-of-freedom hexapod for applications in sensor testing and high-force device manipulation. It is actuated with six struts that are built with preloaded bearings,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Level Indicator

The Model BM-T tilt Switch from BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) is a level indicator used for point level detection of heavy materials in bins, tanks, or silos, or over a conveyor belt or open pile. It is suspended vertically over a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Machine Controller

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) introduced the iQ-R Series machine control system that incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process, and C language control into one platform. The control platform is...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Door Protection System

An electromechanical function from Kiekert AG (Heiligenhaus, Germany/Wixom, MI) prevents car doors from unintentionally striking nearby obstacles. The “i-protect” technology features a door-brake and sensor system...

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