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.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robots Turn Rigid on Demand
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Temperature Ni-Based Superalloy Composition
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
5 Ws of the Internal Injury-Sealing Patch
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
Inspired by camel fur, a two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Completely Flat Fisheye Lens
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: April 2021
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
Briefs: Materials
Shape-Shifting Nanomaterial
This invention holds potential for a range of biomedical applications, from controlled-release drug delivery to tissue engineering.
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
This nanoparticle-based adhesive is visible in common imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT).
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
E-Book - Virtual Commissioning: Why New Designs Fail

Today's production systems require extensive development and validation to meet the needs of the highly competitive manufacturing industry. This is a high-risk activity and manufacturers...

This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
White Papers: Tubing & Extrusion
White Paper: Hardened Steel Shafting Comparison

Every linear bearing application requires a linear shaft as the inner raceway. Often it is overlooked, or merely considered insignificant. There are also times during the procurement stages...

White Papers: Physical Sciences
Demystifying the 2:1 Ratio and the Stick-Slip Phenomenon

One of the most frequently misunderstood principles regarding the use of plain bearings is the 2:1 Ratio. Most engineers are taught this principle which states there is an allowable...

Podcasts: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Here's an Idea: Wearables
In this episode of our Here's an Idea podcast, we speak to engineers who are building a variety of wearables. And some sensors blend in more than others.
On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Ultra-High Purity Silicone in Aerospace and Defense Product Design

The performance and stability of materials used on aircraft in extreme atmospheric temperatures have their challenges, especially when fuel exposure is inevitable. Finding the right material shouldn’t be one. In this 30-minute Webinar, an expert in fluorosilicones...

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
New Wearable Device Turns the Body Into a Battery

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have proposed a solution to dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries using microfluidics. The group proved that flowing ions...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inexpensive Battery Charges Rapidly for Electric Vehicles

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Photochemical Machining: Innovative Solutions for Precision Etched Metal Parts

Complex, precision metal components are found in a variety of applications in aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, electronics, and more. The demand for...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Technology Increasingly Integrate with Nature?

“Nature is much more advanced than we are, so we should use it,” said Dr. Ben Maoz, one of a team of Tel Aviv University researchers who created a robot that uses a dead locust’s ear to “hear” electrical signals and respond to them with movement. (Read our lead story to learn...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 2021 ‘Create the Future’ Contest Begins!
The 2021 “Create the Future” Design Contest is open, and we want to hear your big ideas.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Robot ‘Hears,’ Using Ear from a Locust

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
eBook: Linear Bearing Selection Guide

With so many types, designs, and sizes of bearings for engineers and designers to choose from, it is almost certain there will be a product that exactly fits their requirements. The challenge they face,...

White Papers: Physical Sciences
White Paper: Linear Bearings and Guide Bar Designs for Fitness Equipment

As the field of specialized fitness equipment has grown, so has a proliferation of various designs and configurations for both the equipment and their guide mechanisms....

The ability to identify hidden patterns, predict future issues, forecast usage and costs, and derive insights from IoT sensor data will reshape the industrial process forever.

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Application Briefs: Test & Measurement

Using the IoT for Predictive Maintenance

NASA Spinoff: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Nanotechnology Repairs Engine Damage in Cars

Blog: Materials

What Role Will Plastics Play in Battery Electric Vehicles?

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