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.

New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Locking Side Pull Hoist Ring
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
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Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Next-generation solar panels, 3D-printed composites from NASA, and a new way to sterilize medical devices.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
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NASA Brain-Training Technology Makes Smart Glasses
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Flexible, Thin-Film Battery

Computers or smartphones with folding screens, smart clothing, and wearable sensors all require an energy source, which is usually a lithium-ion battery. These are typically heavy and rigid, making them...

This tool provides faster and more detailed composite damage simulation results.
The material could help protect both civilian and military personnel in earthquakes.

Rectennas convert electromagnetic fields at optical frequencies directly to electrical current. Optical rectennas operate by coupling light’s electromagnetic field to an...

Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Material for Wearable Biosensors
Electrospinning is used to make porous silicone that allows sweat to evaporate.
This system treats light-responsive disorders or deficits such as eating disorders, sleep problems, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Sensing Magnetic Fields
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
The hard “coin,” could be used to make super-strength metal coatings or larger industrial components.
The "polymer of squares” could one day enable the use of plastic products many times over.
White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Corrosion Protection Without Anodization: Sol-gel Coatings for Aluminum Alloys

Aluminum and its alloys are widely chosen materials for several industrial sectors including automotive, aerospace, household appliances, marine, architecture,...

White Papers: Defense
Flame Retardant Epoxies and Silicones Meet Critical Safety Requirements

Used in aircraft applications, epoxies and silicones must maintain their primary role as adhesives or coatings while exhibiting resistance to heat and flame in...

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