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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Product of the Month: May 2020 Tech Briefs
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Autonomic and Apoptotic Highly Distributed System
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
Briefs: Materials
Wearable Air Conditioning
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
The material could enable applications such as antennas that change frequencies on the fly or gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
A smart jumpsuit accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Injectable Gel Helps Heart Muscle Regenerate
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
This NASA center hosts the world’s greatest collection of wind tunnels and flight simulation facilities
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Medical Manufacturing and Outsourcing - May 2020

How are advances in automation/robotics, welding, 3D printing, and other fabrication technologies shaping the future of medical device manufacturing? Find out in this Special Report – a...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Using Lasers in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

Government emission standards have led to the rapid projected growth of EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs, which in turn is leading to the rapid increase in use of large gauge wires and cables. Harness manufacturers must take care to ensure quality connections in the harsh environments where...

White Papers: Materials
Developing Surface Treatment Processes for Bonding Dissimilar Materials

A recent concept in automotive lightweighting is the joining of dissimilar materials. The purpose is to tailor the materials in a structure to ensure that each part of...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rapid Decompression and Sealed Containers: Why Choose Magnet Valves?

When transporting sealed containers by air, protecting against rapid decompression is a constant concern. Traditionally, spring-actuated valves have been used to address this design challenge. Magnet-actuated valves are a relatively new technology that provide distinct...

Tech Talks: Materials
What to Know: Forming Thin Metal Parts

Metal parts are part of almost every electronic, rocket, and medical device. The parts need to be reliably precise in order for the application to work successfully. This Tech Talk examines the best practices of forming a photochemically etched metal component.

A team at Northwestern University is developing a material so porous that if you were able to unfold a gram of it, you could go farther than a football field.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Solar-Powered Desalination Solve Water-Scarcity Challenges?

“Seawater is a very abundant resource for clean water, but the problem is how to desalinate it,” MIT researcher Lenan Zhang told Tech Briefs in our April issue.

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Have You Cloud-Connected Your Equipment and Processes on the Shop Floor?

Our April Motion Design feature article highlights how manufacturers are reimagining robotics in a connected world, employing processes like real-time analytics, predictive maintenance, online support and diagnostics, and cloud backups.

White Papers: Medical
How to Define a ‘Medical-Grade’ Material

Every plastic has a unique combination of chemical properties, surface structure, biocompatibility, color, and mechanics. Learn which plastics are "medical-grade,” and see what characteristics...

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