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.

White Papers: Medical
The Right X-Ray Solutions for Medical Components, Assemblies and Devices

Manufacturers in the medical device sector face quality and process control challenges. Medical device components frequently need to be inspected without being...

A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of...

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

Our lead INSIDER story today showcased a morphing MADCAT aircraft wing.

“From a first glance, it literally doesn’t look like anything that anyone’s ever seen before,” said MIT researcher Ben Jennet in our Here's an Idea episode.

How about you? Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ben Jennet is a PhD student at MIT and a former space research fellow at NASA. He is working with NASA to develop a new kind of aircraft wing that's flexible and changes mid-flight.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
What to Look for When Selecting Your Compact Air Cylinders

Not all compact air cylinders are created equal. Many components have similar features, and some look alike. How do you decide which one to use? This paper explores air cylinder...

You can design the best product in the world but what if the parts, assemblies, and sub-components for your idea aren’t there?

White Papers: Materials
AGM's Environmental Control Hardware Protects Military and Industrial Equipment!

Since 1970, AGM Container Controls, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) has led in the design and fabrication of environmental control hardware for the military, defense,...

There’s been a race to the top among industrial LED lighting manufacturers as they scramble to squeeze the maximum possible lumens per watt (LPW) out of their products.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Fabrication of Multilayer Ferritin Arrays
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws Of LEDs for 3D Metal Printing
In the operating room, you can produce bioresorbable metal implants, such as screws for bone fractures.
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robot Automates Blood Drawing and Testing
The device provides quick results and gives healthcare workers more time to treat patients in hospitals and other settings.
NIBIB is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: July 2020
NASA's Dry Goods Delivery System, a lung-heart sensor on a chip, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biohybrid Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into New Products
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.

Scientists have reinvented a 26,000-year-old manufacturing process into an innovative approach to fabricating ceramic materials widely used in batteries, electronics, and extreme environments....

How to design for safety, reliability, and connectivity using the latest circuit protection technologies and board layout strategies.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: July 2020
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.
Special Reports: Automotive
Vehicle Electrification - July 2020

The global transition to electric vehicles presents new design, manufacturing, and infrastructure challenges. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we present...

An automated system cuts the energy required for training and running neural networks.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
High Quality Optical Surfaces
Make sure the polished optic meets the requirement of a particular application.
Technology Leaders: Aerospace
ZERODUR: The Highly Technical Glass-Ceramic
Highly technical glass-ceramic delivers optical precision at nanometer scale.
A new CT scan method using intense synchrotron radiation produces higher quality images within milliseconds.
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
NASA needed help accurately measuring Earth-reflected sunlight.

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