Materials & Manufacturing

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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.

Briefs: Design
Over the course of their research, the team discovered that these anthraquinones decompose slowly over time, regardless of how many times the battery has been used.
Briefs: Manned Systems
An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.
Briefs: Materials
Tests showed the metalens they made could focus its 197-nanometer output onto a spot measuring 1.7 microns in diameter, increasing the power density of the light output by 21 times.
Briefs: Lighting
Plasmonics is a technology that essentially traps the energy of light in groups of electrons oscillating together on a metal surface.
NASA Spinoff: Photonics/Optics
Eye surgery patients on Earth are benefiting from early research on the NASA’s James Webb Telescope’s enormous mirrors.
Issue Archive: Manned Systems
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Blog: Energy
A treatment for floc sludge transforms it to an electrode material usable for high-performance capacitors.
Q&A: Energy
A new kind of optical concentrator can passively focus the sun onto a photovoltaic cell from any angle to reduce the amount of photovoltaic material needed for a given amount of power generation.
Quiz: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D printing has furthered myriad industries and advanced mankind in unimaginable ways. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the practice.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Precision optics are used in a variety of industrial, scientific, medical, astronomical, and military/defense applications. In addition to material selection and rigorous design...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A new material holds promise for the next generation of organic electronics.

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are creating patient-specific 3D-printed smart metamaterial implants that double as sensors to monitor spinal healing.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Professor Mohammad Reza Abidian of the Cullen College of Engineering — foresees the future production of micro-scale organic electronics via multiphoton 3D printers.

Blog: Electronics & Computers
We can learn a lot about innovation in technology by looking to the past.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cause and Effect: The Fundamentals of Aerospace Failure Analysis

There are millions of large and small parts, assembled components, subsystems, and structures built by a myriad of suppliers that all must come together to manufacture the...

White Papers: Tubing & Extrusion
PVC vs. Polyurethane Tubing

Polyurethane and PVC tubing is used in applications involving beverage and dairy transfer, food processing, medical devices, chemicals, fuel and oil transfer, protective jacketing, instrumentation and pneumatics,...

INSIDER: Motion Control

A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.

5 Ws: Materials
Researchers at The University of Texas, Austin, developed a low-cost gel film made of abundant materials that can pull drinkable water from the air in even the driest climates.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Top 20 Tubing and Hose Buying Tips, Part 2

Choosing the right plastic or rubber tubing for your project can sound like a simple task when you just need something to move fluid or gas from point A to point B. But there’s a lot to...

White Papers: Medical
Rapid Transitions of Thermo-Responsive Polymer Networks

Responsive polymers have many key uses including drug delivery, switchable biocompatible coatings, and advanced biointerfaces in bioanalytical devices. Thermo-responsive polymers, where...

Special Reports: Materials
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - August 2022

A novel ink that enables 3D printing of bone with living cells...advances in ultrasonic welding of plastics...additive manufacturing of self-powered wearable devices. Read these stories and...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Key considerations to keep in mind while selecting the best encoder for your application.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New products on the market in August 2022.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include a smart fabric for exoskeletons, an adaptive cast that adjusts its stiffness as an injury heals, or a deployable bridge that could be unrolled and stiffened.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Keeping oil and gas production facilities running smoothly is among the toughest challenges in any industry.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The piezoelectric “meta-bot” is capable of propulsion, movement, sensing, and decision-making.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A simple change to the surface of perovskite removes a barrier to its functionality.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The moving assembly line remains an integral piece of most automobile manufacturing.

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