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.

Articles: Motion Control
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Articles: Motion Control
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Briefs: AR/AI
Manufacturers, medical device companies, and others can use this 3D printing software driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
Products: Test & Measurement
Vision-based 3D printing, network analyzers, particulate sensors, and more.
Articles: Materials
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This new 3D printer can print an object the size of an adult human in just a couple of hours.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
Briefs: Materials
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The handheld 3D skin printer can deposit sheets of skin to cover large burn wounds
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.
Products: Imaging
Rugged tablets from Teguar Corp. can be used to monitor manufacturing operations.
Briefs: Motion Control
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Communications
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Facility Focus: Nanotechnology
See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
Articles: Energy
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
Briefs: Transportation
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
Briefs: Materials
The new body armor can safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.
Briefs: Materials
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
Briefs: Materials
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
Briefs: Imaging
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
NASA Spinoff: Test & Measurement
Technology used to search for extraterrestrial life can characterize radioactive material.