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.

Special Reports: Materials
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...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Soft Robot That Can Maintain Its Temperature? No Sweat!
Cornell researcher T.J. Wallin explains what's so cool about a robot that sweats.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Combining Hardware and Software to Create an Effective Human Machine Interface

It’s well known that human beings are visual creatures and we would all choose a pretty picture over boring text any day. But on the scientific side, it’s...

Question of the Week: Materials
Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the potential of fungi as a building material. Aside from supporting theoretical space habitats, fungal mycelia have been used to create actual chairs and 2x4 structures. What do you think? Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

When astronauts arrive on the Moon, their habitat may be one made out of fungi.
"View it as an infrared privacy shield," says Professor Mikhail Kats.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
White Papers: FDA/Regulatory
Insider's Guide - How to Select a Quality Management System

Picking the right QMS solution is an important decision for any organization and can be the catalyst for important quality improvements to be made throughout the year.

Tech Talks: Materials
Cassette-S4: Advanced Sealing for Extreme Off-Highway Conditions

In today’s mobile machinery markets, equipment that offers long-term reliability and power is key to industrial success. Whether cultivating crops in flooded fields or digging foundations in rock-hard ground, agricultural and construction machinery is routinely exposed to...

White Papers: Semiconductors & ICs
Industry Secrets to PCB Thermal Management

Allowing your board’s temperature to fluctuate excessively and rise to extremes can be detrimental to the lifespan of your design. This eBook covers everything related to thermal management, from...

Here are five technologies that aim to add intelligence to the most surprising household objects.
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
As additive manufacturing supports the creation of critical metal parts, designers need to know that the parts are high-quality.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Chromium Removal from PVC Filters
The process does not cause any structural changes to the PVC filter membrane.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule
This electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

Metal Injection Molding’s Role in Automotive

Upcoming Webinars: Materials

Technical Ceramics: The Powerhouse of Advanced Materials

Upcoming Webinars: Software

PPAP Reviews Using AI and Machine Learning

Upcoming Webinars: Motion Control

Customizing Actuators Using COTS Drive Components for Martian...

Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

2020 Create the Future Contest Awards

Upcoming Webinars: RF & Microwave Electronics

Advancement of Spectrum Analysis Techniques for Tracking,...

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