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.

This process turns carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes with small diameters.
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
5G has the potential to provide connectivity for a range of different uses in manufacturing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
3D Printing of Plastics with Electrical Circuits
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” for 3D-Printed Devices
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
The flat structure morphs into another shape when temperature changes, enabling self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.
The functional transistors are integrated with ferroelectric RAM.
The ultra-fast method analyzes a wider range of materials than current thermal-based detection systems.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
Briefs: Aerospace
Silicon Carbide Fiber Tows
This rapid processing method produces stronger materials and heals lower-quality fibers.
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Thermally Conductive Polymer Films
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
Drexel Professor Genevieve Dion is coating yarn with the highly conductive, two-dimensional material MXene.
With the new microlattice pads, players will have greater protection from both single hits and a series of impacts.
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: February 2020
Low-viscosity plastic; coin cell holders; oxidation-resistant coatings; and more.
Equipment-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military, and rescue applications.
These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
Special Reports: Automotive
Advanced Materials - February 2020

Breakthroughs in plastics, composites, metals, and other materials technologies are enabling exciting new applications in industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to medical. Read more in this...

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