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.

This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
7 Key Challenges for BEV/PHEV/PEV Large Scale Adoption

Large scale electrified vehicle adoption is both necessary and exciting, as it enables fleets to meet fuel efficiency mandates and brings advanced performance capabilities to a wider set...

Tech Talks: Materials
Longer Lifetimes, Lower Costs: The 94 AU 30000 Material Advantage

Seals are the workhorses of hydraulic systems, and the demands placed on seals can be extreme in today’s increasingly rugged industrial applications. Challenges such as higher temperatures, fluctuating pressures, aggressive media, difficult terrain, longer working hours,...

Question of the Week: Materials
How Would You Use Gecko-Inspired Adhesion?

A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives. Principal investigator Prof. Michael Varenberg believes his team’s technology can someday be used on pick-and-place industrial machines, wall-scaling cleaners, and even small repair robots that travel...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
The Advantages of Electropolishing

Stamping and machining leave behind a variety of surface imperfections that affect the fit, form, and safety of metal parts. Learn how the process of electropolishing can fix one of the most common...

The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives.
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will ‘Flexoskeletons’ Catch On?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have found a new way to make soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The “flexoskeletons” are both made of a rigid material and a thin sheet of polycarbonate that acts as a flexible base. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Choosing the Right Robot

Robots now come in many sizes, and in configurations of two to seven axes. They can do simple or complicated work, even surgery, and are easier to integrate than ever into any manufacturing or processing...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
What Can Structural Adhesives Do for You?

Structural adhesives are the answer to many challenging transportation challenges. Need to improve a vehicle's durability? Crashworthiness? Make it lighter? Enable more design flexibility? Enhance stiffness for better handling? Accommodate many different types of materials? Check, check, and...

The future’s getting brighter for solar power. Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to...

See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA's 'VITAL' Ventilator Gets FDA Approval

A low-cost, low-complexity ventilator developed by NASA engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
VoroCrust v.1.0 Meshing Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Device Tests Drugs on Tumor Tissue
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Foldable Mechanical Devices
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Q&A: Green Design & Manufacturing
Q&A: Turning Trash into Valuable Graphene
A new process will reduce the cost of manufacturing graphene by a factor of more than 100.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.

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