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NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping

NASA Helps Optimize Air Purifiers with Modeling Expertise

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A New Idea for Cleaning Up Space Debris: Magnets
Briefs: Aerospace
Deployable Composite Boom
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
ARTEMIS II: Astronauts on Board
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White Papers: Automotive
Opteon™ YF Automotive Refrigerant (R-1234yf)

Opteon™ YF (R-1234yf) is a non-ozone depleting, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant that replaces Freon™ (R-134a) in automotive air conditioning systems without compromise to...

Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will Automotive and Aerospace Industries Adopt Self-Healing Composites?

An INSIDER story this month highlighted how researchers from RPI and the University of Washington have created a composite that reverses fatigue damage — after applying some heat.

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A reader asks our industry expert:""Do the materials of construction have a big effect on gear generated noise?"
White Papers: Transportation
Recirculating Chillers for Automotive Battery Testing

The transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to hybrid or battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the automotive and transportation industry requires an enormous amount of...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
When are Linear Motors the Right Choice?

Knowing when and how to apply linear servo motor technology requires that you understand the components that comprise a linear motor stage, as well as the components that are used to make other linear...

Special Reports: Design
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - November 2021

In this new report from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs magazines, discover how the latest advances in 3D printing, machining, molding and more are changing the way...

Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Will Spinning Magnets Clean Up Space Debris?

Our lead story today highlights an effort from the University of Utah to use spinning magnets – and robots – to someday retrieve scraps and bring them to a decaying orbit.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Low-voltage DC stepper and servo drives offer space-saving options for applications traditionally handled by AC servo drives.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Incorporating semiconductor components, microscopic robots are made to walk with standard electronic signals.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.
Articles: Materials
The e-kit promises to be a low-cost solution in the developing world.
Articles: Wearables
The Halo replaces all metal retractors with one simple, one-size-fits-all design.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
The third flight of SLS and Orion will carry the first woman and first person of color to the Moon.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, NASA will return humans to the lunar surface.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Dinkle International offers universal interface modules for connecting equipment signals to I/O modules.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Artemis I will launch from Kennedy Space Center into Earth orbit, where it will travel 40,000 miles beyond the Moon.
Q&A: Materials

Jingcheng Ma, along with a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, found a way to make ultra-thin water-resistant surface coatings robust enough to...

Articles: Aerospace
See this year's product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Articles: Materials
A vision-based control algorithm saves a quadrotor after the complete loss of a single motor.
Blog: Transportation
One EV design is bring power out toward the wheel. But is the design here to stay? A Tech Briefs reader asks an expert at SAE.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See leading manufacturers in a variety of sensor topic areas, including radar and encoders.
White Papers: Automotive
Measuring Color in Automotive Interiors

While the exterior of the car may be the first thing you see, the interior of the vehicle is where your driving experience starts. The interior design and color of a car is central to the consumer's...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Christopher Borroni-Bird and his team want to make an "e-kit" that provides a boost to wheelbarrows, bikes, and other non-motorized vehicles.
Blog: Energy
Long-haul trucking may be the best candidate for hydrogen power. An industry expert tells us when we can expect more hydrogen fuel cells on the highway.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Grundfos Solutions for Industrial Water Reuse

Water is such a fundamental necessity for life that it is often taken for granted. In modern industrial societies, the water from every tap is expected to be so pure that we can drink it without...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
How to Address Future Obsolescence in Embedded Computer Systems

Safeguarding the future of any program that includes embedded single board computers in terms of its long-term viability is typically front and center of the program manager’s...

Question of the Week: Transportation
Will We Ever Charge Our Cars (As We Drive)?

Cornell Engineering Professor Khurram Afridi wants you to be able to power-up your vehicle simply by changing lanes and driving over a charging strip.

Blog: Propulsion
A NASA expert answers your questions about the upcoming Artemis mission that will send astronauts back to the Moon.

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