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.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Deploying Hybrid AI to Reduce Inspection Costs

Artificial intelligence (AI) brings promises of reduced costs and increased efficiencies for inspection applications, equally balanced by concerns over complexity and usability among other...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Building Industrial IoT from Edge to Cloud

In the field of industrial automation, digital transformation, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), and edge computing have become common topics of discussion. Today's businesses and end users...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Test a Living Sensor, Made with Bacteria
Dr. James Rees is spending the time in his lab testing sensors made from bacteria.

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
Products: Materials
New on the Market: August 2020
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
Briefs: Energy
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Room-Temperature Magnon Switch
This approach could lead to entirely new and more efficient logic switches for computer chips.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Nanotechnology Repairs Engine Damage in Cars
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D-Printed Glucose Biosensors
These biosensors could lead to improved glucose monitors for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Graphene Smart Textiles for Heat-Adaptive Clothing
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
This material could have applications such as mixing and delivery in the pharmaceutical industry.
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
Briefs: Imaging
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wiegand Wire: Energy Harvesting and More
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).
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Briefs: Motion Control
4D Printing of Morphing Structures
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.

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