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.

These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Model Predicts Breaking Point of Conducting Material
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Technology used to search for extraterrestrial life can characterize radioactive material.
Products: Motion Control
New Products: April 2020 Motion Design
Motor drivers, position sensors, offset couplings, and more.
Bridget Pelaez spoke to Tech Briefs about the 1,000 face shields being printed for Florida hospitals.
See how Prof. Olaf Diegel built a hands-free door opener.
3D printing is being used to quickly create life-saving parts and prototypes like masks, shields, and ventilator valves.
Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
Question of the Week: Test & Measurement
Would You Use a CurveBoard?

MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products.

Some molecules, including most of the ones in living organisms, have shapes that can exist in two different mirror-image versions. The right- and left-handed versions can sometimes have different...

Materials called perovskites show strong potential for a new generation of solar cells, but they’ve had trouble gaining traction in a market dominated by...

Perovskites

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

Technology Leaders: Imaging
Spectral Sensitivity Curves of Cameras

Different line scan prism manufacturers might compare two possible curves in their advertising and argue that the steeper flanks should enable better color reproduction with greater selectivity.

Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Increase battery life and reduce data loads with an analog-first processing architecture.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Create the Future Contest Idea Saving Lives
Tech Briefs checks back in with CEO Jon Sumroy about his award-winning product: the mifold grab-and-go car seat.
Briefs: Materials
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless System Powers Devices Inside the Body
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
David Kaplan is solidifying silk to make products like rods and plates for medical implants.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Optimizing a CubeSat with Architected Materials
nTopology
New York, NY

In today’s strategic information environment, the ability to rapidly respond to ever-changing technology needs is an essential asset for any organization that...

Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Celebrating Women in Engineering & Science
We spoke with five women who lead their fields in engineering and science

Dr. Valle, an academic professional in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, received her...

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece...

Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Vision-Based System Validates Driver Monitoring
Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.

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