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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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This material could have applications such as mixing and delivery in the pharmaceutical industry.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
Briefs: Aerospace
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
Products: Software
Altair released updates to all of its design, simulation, and data analytics software products.
Special Reports: Connectivity
Smart Manufacturing - August 2020

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in connectivity, controls, sensors, and robotics. See the future of manufacturing in this compendium of recent articles from...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Briefs: Materials
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Materials
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Materials
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
Briefs: Materials
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
Briefs: Medical
The hydrogel could be made into a contact lens that effectively treats corneal melting.
Briefs: Materials
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
Articles: Test & Measurement
A neural stimulator, a battery testing device, and a strain sensor.
Briefs: Materials
This coating could lead to safely reusable personal protective equipment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This gel-like material leads a path toward “mechanoceuticals.”
Briefs: Materials
The technology could help call attention to important traffic information when it’s dark, with potential benefits for both drivers and pedestrians.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
This technology offers the possibility to both bolster computer power and create smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient computer memory technologies.
Briefs: Materials
The self-adapting material was inspired by how human bone adjusts mineral deposits in response to surrounding environments.
Briefs: Wearables
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what’s happening inside the body.

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