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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.

INSIDER: Design

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that asymmetric stresses within electrodes used in certain wearable electronic devices provides an important clue as to how to...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Articles: AR/AI
Tech Briefs posed questions to machine learning/AI industry execs to get their opinions on platform selection, data interpretation, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Predictive maintenance is poised to become much more widely adopted, and that will help to boost productivity in a time when we really need it.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Choosing the right battery will save trouble and expense in the long run.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These sensors will improve autonomous technologies in the industrial environment, like AGVs or forklifts.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The COVID crisis is propelling the camera industry toward disruptive transformation.
Application Briefs: Imaging

Thin films and engineered surfaces are used in a myriad of applications including semiconductor electronics, data storage, and precision optics. In many cases, surface roughness and...

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - September 2020

See how the latest test tools and methodologies are enabling new applications in aerospace, electronics, robotics, healthcare, and other key industries. This compendium of recent articles is presented by...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This high-strength material could be used to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars.
Briefs: Aerospace
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
Briefs: Materials
Liquid-Repelling Substance Works on All Surfaces
The new coating can eliminate complex disinfectant procedures for protective face shields.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
In 2019, NASA engineers test-fired a 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber.
Briefs: Wearables
The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The instrument has uses in photography where the goal is to image a dim object near a bright one.
Briefs: Aerospace
Biomaterial Shields Against Harmful Radiation
A new form of melanin can protect human tissue from X-rays during medical treatment or spaceflight.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
Briefs: Motion Control
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
Briefs: Imaging
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
Briefs: Medical
Inspired by parasites, the tiny needles could help eliminate painful shots.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Briefs: Materials
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.

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