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
Surface Sensors

Sensofar Metrology (Terrassa, Spain/Scottsdale, AZ) has released two new surface metrology systems. The S lynx, a non-contact 3D surface profiler, integrates confocal, interferometry, and focus variation techniques into the...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless Switches

New wireless, batteryless limit switches from Steute Industrial Controls (Ridgefield, CT) include an internal electrodynamic energy generator. Displacement of the actuator generates power to send a uniquely coded signal to...

NASA has developed a unique and robust multifunctional material called 3-Dimensional Multifunctional Ablative (3DMAT) Thermal Protection System (TPS) that meets both the structural and...

Briefs: Materials
Hierarchical Support for Nanocatalysts

This work focused on enhancing catalyst activity and durability by developing a method to control size, dispersion, and exposure. Existing nanocatalysts are typically fabricated in bulk or powder form. There are monolithic catalysts, but they rely on meso-porous materials as supports. Bulk nanocatalysts...

Briefs: Materials
Control of Carbon Nanotube Density and Tower Height in an Array

Use of arrays of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as an intermediary for transport of electrical particles (e.g., electrons) and/or transport of thermal energy from one body to another has grown. For example, a CNT array may be used for dissipation of thermal energy or accumulated electrical...

In order to understand whether the ablation laser would cause chemical reactions within the trapped organic molecules during resonant laser ablation of water ice containing organic molecules, a...

Researchers at Rice University have added superhydrophobic, or water-repelling, capabilities to its de-icer. The graphene-based spray passively prevents water from freezing above 7 degrees.

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
How to Predict Thickness of Bonbons, Other Shells

Since the 1600s, chocolatiers have been perfecting the art of the bonbon, passing down techniques for crafting a perfectly smooth, even chocolaty shell. Now a theory and a simple fabrication...

On your car windshield, ice is a nuisance. But on an airplane, wind turbine, oil rig, or power line, it can be downright dangerous. And removing it with the methods...

Syracuse University chemists have discovered a new way to visualize and monitor chemical reactions in real time. The team's advanced nanomaterial changes color when it interacts with ions and other...

Scientists at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome are studying graphene oxide in the hopes of creating bacteria-killing catheters and medical devices. Coating surgical tools...

Chinese researchers have introduced a new approach for making an all-weather solar cell that is triggered by both sunlight and raindrops. To convert solar energy to electricity,...

Students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign took top honors in NASA’s first Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

The...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
'SkinTrack' Turns Lower Arm into Touchpad

A new wearable technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University could turn one's entire lower arm into a touchpad.

INSIDER: Test & Measurement
NASA Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Fuel Pump

NASA tested a 3D printed rocket engine turbopump with liquid methane – an ideal propellant for engines needed to power many types of spacecraft for NASA’s journey to Mars. During the full-power...

Researchers from Northwestern University used a light-powered 3D printer to create a terahertz lens. The imaging component is made from a novel metamaterial that exhibits properties not readily...

After a full week in Germany, Rittal Corporation (www.rittal.us), the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic, and...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: May 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...

NASA Technology

Nick Blanton spends a lot of time outdoors, skiing in the winter months and hiking when the weather’s warm. All of this takes a toll on his electronic gadgets, which...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Tunable Edge Filters

Semrock (Rochester NY) has launched the new VersaChrome Edge™ tunable long- and short-pass filters. The three new families of filters are designed to work together to create the equivalent of a single passband filter...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Line-Scan Cameras

Chromasens GmbH (Konstanz, Germany) has introduced the Chromasens 10k and 15k allPIXA wave cameras. The 102 × 100 × 56 mm allPIXA wave 15k camera offers a maximum line rate of 15360 pixels × 3 to 18.4 kHz (55 kHz mono)....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Low Noise, High Sensitivity Radiometer

Ophir Photonics Group (Logan, UT), a Newport Corporation, recently announced the RM9-PD Radiometer, a sensor for measuring the power of very low level CW or quasi CW sources. The RM9-PD integrates a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Cameras

The Fastec IL5 camera from Fastec Imaging (San Diego, CA) records high-speed production lines. The Fastec IL5 can be controlled over Gigabit Ethernet via Fastec FasMotion software. Additional models take video ranging from...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Machining Software

Prima Power Laserdyne’s (Champlin, MN) ShapeSoft™ feature simplifies the creation of programs for producing cone, oblique cone, fan, racetrack, and a variety of shaped holes in a wide range of turbine engine...

Products: Imaging
High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has released the Phantom® Miro® C-Series. The high-speed cameras feature a 12-bit, ½- inch CMOS color or monochrome sensor. The camera records 800 frames per second at its full 1280 × 1084...

Products: Imaging
Spatial Light Modulator

Hamamatsu Corporation (Bridgewater, NJ) has expanded its LCOS SLM (Liquid Crystal on Silicon – Spatial Light Modulator) family with its X13138 series. Featuring higher resolution (1272 × 1024 pixels) and the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pulsed Semiconductor Laser

Excelitas Technologies® Corp. (Waltham, MA) has introduced the Surface Mount 905 nm Pulsed Semiconductor Laser (SMD Laser), offering the capability of automated pick-and-place high-volume assembly. In addition,...

Products: Imaging
Deep UV LEDs

Crystal IS (Green Island, NY) augmented the Optan SMD (surface mount device) product line for instrumentation with the addition of higher light output and wavelength specific bins (SKUs). This newest offering resulted from...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Auto-Focus Cameras

The PL-D755 industrial USB 3.0 camera from PixeLINK® (San Francisco, CA) includes an auto-focus liquid lens that incorporates Sony’s new Pregius IMX250 sensor. Liquid lenses reconfigure themselves in tens of...

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