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.

In the past 15 years, Renee Bernstein doubled the growth of her company by focusing her attention to research and product development.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: March 2020
Biodegradable batteries, solid-state ultracapacitors, and infrared camouflage.
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
The Army Test and Evaluation Command provides essential information to acquisition decision-makers and commanders.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electrically Non-Conductive Ladder Fall Protection
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Production Method for High-Performance Polymer
A new composite nanoparticle catalyst produces a polymer to make body armor and other high-performance fabrics.
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Multi-Objective Flight Control Optimization Framework
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bottom-line Reasons for Using Additive Manufactured Production Tooling

High fabrication costs, long lead times and the cost to carry inventory don’t need to be the rule of the day when it comes to making production tooling. Additive...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will Cooling Coatings Catch On?

This month’s Tech Briefs featured a potential alternative to the air conditioner: A painted-on polymer coating that can cool down a building.

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Do the 5G Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A feature article in this month’s Tech Briefs explored how the fifth-generation mobile network known as 5G will support the creation of increasingly “smart” factories – ones that allow manufacturers to further improve factory automation, human/machine interfaces, and mobility.

“We’re analyzing rocks from space, atom by atom,” says researcher Jennika Greer.

A bulk-machined “Pop-Up” MEMS process was developed for creating mesoscale machines up to several centimeters in dimension.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot and Software Create Advanced Materials

Rutgers University engineers have developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. While a human researcher...

Researchers from the University of Illinois are looking at all the different ways to create a non-pneumatic automotive tire.

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a...

Learn about the latest measurement technology designed to ensure accurate testing of helical compression and extension springs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
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.
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.
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: Photonics/Optics
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.

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