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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: Motion Control

Haydon Kerk™ Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) offers linear stepper actuators as replacements for solenoid valves in critical applications such as security door actuation systems. With over 200 thread designs and four...

Products: Motion Control

maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) offers the EC-I 40 DC brushless motor in a high-torque version for applications demanding very high torque. The iron-core internal rotor drive is available with a diameter of 40 mm, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Gardner Denver Thomas (Sheboygan, WI) offers the 1610 diaphragm pump that provides fast evacuation times for applications where speed is key. Volume flow rate is up to 8.0 l/min, vacuum up to 90%, and pressure up to 2.0 bar....

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Nanotec (Feldkirchen, Germany) introduced the SC3518 series stepper motors that feature high torque and EMC properties. The 2-phase hybrid stepper motors feature frame size NEMA 14 (35 mm) and a 1.8° step angle; torque is...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

ADVANCED Motion Controls (Camarillo, CA) introduced the AZBH10A4 and AZBD10A4 micro-sized analog plug-in brushless servo drives that add Hall Velocity mode and Duty Cycle mode capabilities to the μZ series. The drives are...

Products: Motion Control

Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) introduced the DV-3 Minimatic® electronic 3-way valves that use a patented valving principle. The valves are suited for applications across numerous industries, and are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Allied Motion (Buffalo, NY) released the Megaflux MFH170i series of 170-mm (6.7-in) diameter housed brushless torque motors. The series is comprised of the 170 series brushless torque motor, a digital servo drive, and...

Briefs: Materials
Lightweight, Flexible, Energy-Manageable Polymer Nanocomposites

Solar energy has attracted keen attention because it is a unique, clean, and sustainable energy resource. It is also widely utilized as a power source in space exploration. A lightweight, durable, deployable, and highly efficient all polymer-based solar power panel was developed...

Briefs: Materials
Nanocomposites for Radiation Shielding

Currently, lead and lead-based materials are used to fabricate shields not only for X-rays, but also for other types of radiation. With the growing environmental concern about the toxicity of lead, and the high costs associated with transporting heavy lead-based shields in spacecraft, alternatives are...

Briefs: Materials
Lightweight, High-Strength Nanocomposite Magnesium for Radiators

The next generation of radiators will be designed using a composite with the combination of the lowest density, highest thermal conductivity, and highest strength. A scalable, low-cost process was developed to advance state-of-the-art metal matrix thermal conductors to reach a...

Briefs: Materials
Advanced Protective Coatings for Graphite Substrates

The purpose of this innovation is to develop advanced multilayered coating architectures to protect graphite substrates from hot hydrogen attack. The concept consists of coating the graphite substrate with metallic and non-metallic layers consisting of ZrC; Nb, Mo, and/or Nb-Mo alloy; and/or...

Briefs: Materials
Plasma Extraction of Oxygen from the Martian Atmosphere

Extraction of oxygen from the abundant carbon dioxide present on Mars (96% atmospheric composition) is an important objective in preparation for missions to the planet. Oxygen is not only a fundamental reactant with high-specific-energy chemical fuels such as hydrogen and methane, but,...

Briefs: Materials
Application of Carbon Nanotube Hold-Off Voltage for Determining Gas Composition

In this innovation, a method and associated system have been created to vary a voltage applied to an exposed end of a carbon nanotube for a selected time interval to promote gas discharge, and to estimate a gas component involved in the discharge. Each component of a...

INSIDER: Materials
Simulations Reveal Near-Frictionless Material

Scientists from Argonne National Laboratory used simulations to identify and improve a new mechanism for reducing friction. The resulting hybrid material exhibited superlubricity at the macroscale.

News: Materials
Diamond-Like Coating Application Improves Engine Components

Applying carbon coatings to engine components, such as piston rings and pins, reduces friction and lowers fuel consumption. Using a new laser-based method, researchers at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany, say they can now produce layers of carbon that are almost as hard as...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
All-Organic Electroactive Device Fabricated with Single- Wall Carbon Nanotube Film Electrode

A novel, all-organic electroactive device system has been fabricated with a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film used as an alternative electrode. This system was fabricated with LaRC-Electro Active Polymer (LaRC-EAP) active layer and the SWCNT films...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Purifying Hydrogen for a Life Support Process

NASA’s endeavor to further enable long-duration manned space exploration requires further closure of the oxygen loop of the life support system that is currently realized aboard the International Space Station. Currently, oxygen is recovered from crew-generated carbon dioxide via the use of a...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

With the correct selection of composition, some bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have been demonstrated that have excellent combinations of hardness, fracture...

Articles: Aerospace

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping

ZF Electronics Corp., Pleasant Prairie, WI, announced CHERRY energy-harvesting products that include an energy harvesting generator, as well as a snap-action micro-switch and rocker switch. The...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

AMG-GR gear-driven motorized gimbals from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) provide economical, high-accuracy elevation- over-azimuth positioning. The AMG-GR standard circular cells range from 100 mm to 300 mm in diameter....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

SCANLAB AG (Puchheim, Germany) has introduced a new high-end scan system, called excelliSCAN, that utilizes galvo scanners with ultra-precise digital angle sensors and a completely new SCANahead servo control to enable dynamic...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The GPL 105 series laser diode module system from BEA Lasers’ (Elk Grove Village, IL) includes a 3/8” NPT-threaded housing with mounting hardware and a plug-in USB-type power supply. Cable connector length is 36” and...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The XEVA-2.35-320 TE4 from Xenics (Leuven, Belgium), a thermoelectrically cooled infrared camera features T2SL infrared detection technology and delivers superb performance in the 1.0 to 2.35 μm wavelength region for...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

MicroCare Corporation (New Britain, CT) has introduced the newest additions to its STICKLERS® family of fiber optic cleaning tools. Sticklers® CleanClicker™ push-to-clean tools contain more than 750 cleaning...

INSIDER: Materials

The high cost to manufacture nanofibers has relegated them to just a few niche industries. MIT researchers developed a new technique for producing nanofibers that increases the...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Silicon micromirrors can guide laser beams at extremely high speeds, allowing operators to dose heat input to workpieces with absolute precision. But to date, they have not been robust enough to be...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A new type of graphene aerogel will make for better energy storage, sensors, nanoelectronics, catalysis, and separations. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made graphene aerogel microlattices...

INSIDER: Motion Control
Tiny Origami Robot Folds Itself Up

MIT researchers have developed a printable origami-inspired robot that, when heated, folds itself up from a flat sheet of plastic. The robot weighs a third of a gram and measures about a centimeter from front to back.

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