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.

A new manufacturing process could produce flexible electronics for things like virtual reality-enabled contact lenses, solar-powered skins that mold to the contours of your car, and...

Microelectronics like semiconductor devices are at the heart of the technologies we use each day. As we move into an era where we are stretching the limits of Moore’s Law, it is...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Heavy-Duty Engine Design for a Transitioning Market

An uncertain regulatory climate. Augmenting with electrification. The potential for automated and partially automated vehicle operation. All these trends are affecting the way engine developers are approaching near-term engine design and development cycles. What are the most significant...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
From Drudgery to the Effective Use of Design and Process FMEAs

In many industries, FMEAs are considered drudgery, contributing little – if anything – to valuable technical knowledge of the product design and development process, as well as to process design and continual improvement, while chewing up resources and time in...

Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Reimagining Robotics in a Connected World
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Machine Learning Software for 3D Printing
Manufacturers, medical device companies, and others can use this 3D printing software driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: April 2020
Vision-based 3D printing, network analyzers, particulate sensors, and more.
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Area Rapid 3D Printing
This new 3D printer can print an object the size of an adult human in just a couple of hours.
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of the 3D Skin Printer
The handheld 3D skin printer can deposit sheets of skin to cover large burn wounds
The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: April 2020 Tech Briefs
Rugged tablets from Teguar Corp. can be used to monitor manufacturing operations.
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PLCs Directly Access Internet Information
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
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.
See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
The new body armor can safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.

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