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Ben Jennet is a PhD student at MIT and a former space research fellow at NASA. He is working with NASA to develop a new kind of aircraft wing that's flexible and changes mid-flight.
Blog: Design

You can design the best product in the world but what if the parts, assemblies, and sub-components for your idea aren’t there?

Blog: Materials
NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new NASA challenge asks university teams to find new ways to drill down to the ice on the Moon and Mars.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An FMEA provides a step-by-step way of identifying product failures. Carl Carlson explains just how long the process takes.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new approach to structural coloration is more freeform than you might expect.
Blog: Imaging
Many manufacturers are relying on vision system integrators to implement machine vision. Our expert tells a reader how to find the right one for you.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researcher Nikhil Gupta tells Tech Briefs why "exploding" a QR code inside a 3D-printed part makes counterfeiting practically impossible.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Presented by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has been the premier manufacturing technology show in the Northern Hemisphere. IMTS is held every even...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center has developed a numerically controlled grinding tool that eliminates undesirable periodic variations in surface contours in optical and other surfaces — such as mid-spatial...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
What are your Biggest Manufacturing Challenges?

What parts of the design process are the most difficult? What information are you looking for now to help you with your job? Is there a specific technology area that can be challenging to find out the latest solutions for?

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Automating manufacturing processes is a complex issue, with no one-size-fits-all solution. Robots range from insect-like microrobots to industrial robots powerful enough to...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

An electrically-driven demolition probe originally funded by NASA enables a more precise, quieter fracturing method that its creators hope will give construction workers on...

NASA Tech Needs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Nancy M.H. Holloway, Section Head
Advanced Fabrication Processes Section
Fabrication Technology Development Branch
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA

The Fabrication...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Although the concept of nanotechnology (controlling matter on an atomic scale) dates back to 1959, it is only now becoming more commercially realized. It has the potential to challenge...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Engineers have long been aware of the potential of laser sintering to create innovative and beneficial medical products. Because it is an additive (layer-by-layer) manufacturing process,...

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