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.

Briefs: Energy
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.
Briefs: Aerospace
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The algorithm speeds up the planning process that robots use to adjust their grip on objects.
Briefs: Materials
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Salty air the Dutch city of Harlingen causes exposed metal parts to corrode.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Made with “Jenga chemistry,” the material could help in understanding how high-temperature superconductors work.
Technology Leaders: Software
As lithium-ion battery production doubles, more viable energy storage solutions are needed.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products include an aerosol scattering sensor; metal foam; and a new coated drug capsule.
Briefs: Materials
This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
Briefs: Automotive
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
Q&A: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Changing directions of twist and coiling changes whether a material cools or heats.
Briefs: Materials
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Squid skin inspires a new material with heat-regulating properties.
Briefs: Power
When combined with saltwater, rust can be a source of electricity.
Briefs: Energy
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
Briefs: Materials
Stronger and flexible, polyimide aerogels provide insulation and structural support.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
Question of the Week: Imaging
Will the Ability to Manipulate Virtual Objects in Real-World Scenes Help Your Design and Manufacturing Efforts?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week demonstrated a Brown University system called Portal-ble. The augmented-reality technology allows you to place virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on smartphone screens. Users can then...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Our expert examines the pros and cons of welding, adhesives, and other metal joining methods.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Computed tomography is being used in the medical and industrial field. An expert explains how the two imaging techniques differ.
Blog: Materials
What's the best aluminum for extrusion? A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert.
INSIDER: Materials

Inspired by a sticky substance that spiders use to catch their prey, a double-sided tape was developed that can rapidly seal tissues together within five seconds. The tape works much...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

A team led by scientists at the University of Washington has designed and tested a 3D-printed metamaterial that can manipulate light with nanoscale precision. As...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported a new mechanism to speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A team in Germany has a quicker, cleaner approach to welding metal to plastic: The HPCI® Joining Gun.
Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will Entire Planes Be Built By 'Assembler Robots?'

Commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations, and then flown to a central plant for final assembly. Researchers at MIT are hoping to change that.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines are employed to locate cancerous tumors and aid in the development of treatment plans, while nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machines are used to...

Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
In recent decades, NSF-funded researchers have discovered quite a bit, including many of the fundamental particles of matter.