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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.

Briefs: Energy
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
Briefs: Materials
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
Q&A: RF & Microwave Electronics
A new class of medical instruments uses flexible electronics to improve patient outcomes in minimally invasive surgeries.
Briefs: Energy
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
Briefs: Imaging
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
Blog: Design
An interactive software being developed at the University of Tokyo allows architects and furniture makers with little experience in woodworking to to design and build structurally sound wood joints.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Inside Story on Rotary Position Sensors for Electric Vehicle Traction Motors

Wells Vehicle Electronics manufactures more than 1,000 part types for fuel delivery, ignition and emissions and now is expanding on its expertise in control...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Thermal Interface Materials for Next-Generation Electronics

Boyd Corporation is the largest global thermal solutions manufacturer and is well known for innovative, fully optimized thermal management solutions and systems. Boyd is also a...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
New Anti-Friction Coating for Metal Gaskets

As the need for environmental protection increases, auto manufacturers are forced to develop engines that are more efficient and environmentally friendly. Besides electrification, engine downsizing is a common method used to help achieve this goal, but smaller engines require materials that can...

Tech Talks: Materials
Advances in Thermally Conductive, Electrically Insulated Materials for E-Motor Applications

When plastics are used in electric components, the selection process examines mechanical properties, temperature capability, flammability, thermal conductivity, and moldability, as well as the need for electrical resistance to isolate the system...

White Papers: Software
The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2020

The most successful companies are always striving to get better, to deliver more innovative products and get them to market faster. What do today’s product development teams think...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extruding High-Performance Thermoplastic Filaments for 3D Printing

Over the last few years, high performance thermoplastics have become a widely discussed topic in the 3D printing community. However, due to the characteristics of high...

Question of the Week: Photonics/Optics
Will Flat Fisheye Lenses Play a Greater Role in Medical Imaging and Consumer Electronics?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an achievement from engineers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The teams designed the first completely flat fisheye lens to produce crisp, 180-degree panoramic images. The lenses, according to...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In this episode of Here's an Idea, NASA's Tracie Prater wants to leave spare parts back on Earth...and 3D print them in space.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
Briefs: Energy
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Facility Focus: Transportation
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
Briefs: Imaging
Applications include low-light conditions such as on orbital satellites and VR applications where the lens needs to be larger than a pupil.
Articles: Materials
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Briefs: Materials
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Briefs: Energy
This technology makes it possible to save extensive data in objects such as shirt buttons, water bottles, or the lenses of glasses and then retrieve it years later.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
Articles: Imaging
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?

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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

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Articles: Defense

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Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

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Blog: Energy

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