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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.

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Thanks to new innovations in measurement technologies, manufacturers and users now have a wide range of options for proactively measuring the laser beam.
Briefs: Motion Control

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
Briefs: Propulsion
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
Articles: Energy
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis as well as manmade infrasonic sources such as boats.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
See how makers of an automated truck wash system added a monitoring option for customers.
Briefs: Materials
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
Articles: Materials
A disruptive manufacturing technology now offers reduced manufacturing costs and improved volumetric energy density in all-solid cells.
Briefs: Energy
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Articles: Materials
Conductive cellulose, composites testing, and a light-emitting tattoo.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This affordable, scalable sensor could be a vital tool in the fight against air pollution and its associated health risks.
Briefs: Materials
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Energy
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Propulsion
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This invention achieves sustainable freshwater production in a variety of climates at minimal energy cost.
Briefs: Energy
Bioinspired cellulose nanofibrils can be controlled by electricity.
Briefs: Energy
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Lithium-metal solid-state batteries can provide a safer, more energy-dense alternative to current technology.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Battery analyzers, uninterruptible power supplies, adhesives, and more.
Articles: Transportation
The online Battery and Electrification Summit on June 15 and 16, 2021 offers two days of expert insight, innovation, and emerging applications.

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