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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.

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Solar-Powered Desalination Solve Water-Scarcity Challenges?

“Seawater is a very abundant resource for clean water, but the problem is how to desalinate it,” MIT researcher Lenan Zhang told Tech Briefs in our April issue.

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Have You Cloud-Connected Your Equipment and Processes on the Shop Floor?

Our April Motion Design feature article highlights how manufacturers are reimagining robotics in a connected world, employing processes like real-time analytics, predictive maintenance, online support and diagnostics, and cloud backups.

Blog: Medical

In just three weeks, the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) at UC Berkeley built a robotic COVID-19 laboratory.

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A new manufacturing process could produce flexible electronics for things like virtual reality-enabled contact lenses, solar-powered skins that mold to the contours of your car, and...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Microelectronics like semiconductor devices are at the heart of the technologies we use each day. As we move into an era where we are stretching the limits of Moore’s Law, it is...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
Articles: Lighting
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
Articles: Motion Control
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Briefs: Software
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: Electronics & Computers
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Automotive
Rugged tablets from Teguar Corp. can be used to monitor manufacturing operations.
Briefs: Transportation
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
Briefs: Motion Control
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
Articles: Materials
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
Briefs: Energy
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Briefs: Transportation
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: Aerospace
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.

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Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Blog: Aerospace

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