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.

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...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: December 2015

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Imaging
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: Imaging
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...

Products: Imaging
CMOS Cameras

Andor Technology (Belfast, Ireland/Concord, MA) has announced the Zyla 4.2 PLUS Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera. The Zyla 4.2 PLUS delivers a sustained 53 fps at full resolution through a USB 3.0 interface. New on-camera...

Products: Imaging
CMOS Cameras

SMARTEK Vision (Cakovec, Croatia/New London, CT) has added GCP2061 and GCP2046 models to its Giganetix Plus camera series. The new industrial cameras are equipped with the Sony Pregius Exmor IMX250 and IMX252 sensors. With a...

Dr. Santo Padula has developed testing techniques to support the development of advanced materials like metallic foams and shape memory alloys (SMAs)....

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Simple Material Gives Electronics a Power Boost

The tiny transistor is the heart of the electronics revolution, and Penn State scientists have discovered a way to give this workhorse a big boost, using a new technique to incorporate...

INSIDER: Materials
Single-Layer Material Mimics Photosynthesis

A Florida State University researcher has discovered an artificial material that mimics photosynthesis and potentially creates a sustainable energy source. The new material efficiently captures sunlight; then, the energy can be used to break down water into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen...

As NASA missions to Mars progress, spacecraft will require larger heat shields to protect against the extreme heat of entering a planet's atmosphere and decelerating at a safe...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers Weld the Un-Weldable

Despite recent advances in materials design, alternative metals still pose a challenge to manufacturers in practice. Many are considered un-weldable by traditional means, in part because high heat and re-solidification weaken the metals.

Engineers at The Ohio State University have developed a new welding...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Semiconductor Quantum Cascade Lasers Fabricated Without Epitaxial Regrowth

Laser absorption spectroscopy has emerged as one of the most important applications for semiconductor quantum cascade (QC) lasers, particularly in the mid-infrared spectral regime where many gases of interest exhibit fundamental absorption features. Laser absorption...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Conformal Nanotube Baffle for a Compact Coronagraph

The development of a conformal nanotube process is enabling for many applications in solar physics and space astrophysics (e.g., direct detection and imaging of exoplanets). Coronagraphs are key heliophysics instruments because they image coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which are the most...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fabrication of Ion Optics Using Additive Manufacturing

Ion optics, or grids, for ion thrusters or ion sources are traditionally made by subtractive manufacturing methods such as milling/drilling or chemically etching holes from thin sheets of bulk material. This innovation uses additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, to build the grids from...

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

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