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News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
First Hybrid Nanotech Device Mimicking Blood-Brain Barrier

Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia fabricated an artificial device reproducing a 1:1 scale model of the blood-brain barrier, the anatomical and functional structure...

News : Photonics/Optics
Ultra-Thin Optical Fibers Offer New Way to 3-D Print Microstructures

For the first time, researchers have shown that an optical fiber as thin as a human hair can be used to create microscopic structures with laser-based 3D printing. The...

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Photoreversible Molecular Switch Changes Thermoresponsive Polymer

Researchers have developed a novel strategy to control the shapes of polymeric materials by utilizing photoresponsive molecular switches. This could aid the development of an...

News : Medical
Imaging Plays Key Role in Evaluating Injuries at Olympics

The Olympic Games give elite athletes a chance at athletic triumph but also carry a risk of injury. When injuries occur, it’s critical that they be evaluated quickly. Onsite imaging...

News : Medical
Advances Settles Debate Over Spread of Alzheimer Protein

Recent advances in brain imaging have enabled scientists to show for the first time that a key protein which causes nerve cell death spreads throughout the brain in Alzheimer's disease...

News : Imaging
High-Tech Scans Can Help Redefine Intelligence

A new NYU Langone study offers the first solid evidence that functional MRI scans of brain entropy are a new means to understanding human intelligence. High-tech scans of the resting human brain...

News : Imaging
DNA Origami: Imaging DNA 'Building Blocks' in 3-D

Over the past decade, researchers have been working to create nanoscale materials and devices using DNA as construction materials through a process called DNA origami. A single long...

News : Materials
Advanced Wearable Has Heightened 'Sense' of Complex Human Motions
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have developed a stretchable sensor that can be weaved into a fabric to detect a range of complex human movements, including...
News : Medical
Electropolishing Solutions for the Medical Industry

As a critical component in patient healthcare, medical device manufacturing is highly regulated and requires the utmost attention to sanitation, safety, and biocompatibility. Used both internally and externally, devices must be clean, defect-free, and burr-free; meet stringent demands from a...

News : Medical
What it Does, How it Works

Electropolishing is often referred to as a “reverse plating” process. Electrochemical in nature, electropolishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws from the surface of a metal part.

News : Medical
Single-Operation Finish for Improved Biocompatibility of Implants

Orthopedic and cardiovascular implants are some of the most common medical devices manufactured today that demand high levels of biocompatibility. To ensure better patient...

News : Materials
Metal Finishing Capabilities
In addition to electropolishing, other metal finishing capabilities include laser marking, which can be used to ensure compliance with the latest UDI requirements, and color anodizing, which can be used to improve...
News : Medical
Cutting Tools and Drills

Cutting tools, drills, and blades are critical devices used in surgical procedures. Blades used in surgical procedures must be free from burrs and laser slag and remain sharp for accurate cutting. Remaining burrs...

Blog : Photonics/Optics
The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017

With another year of Tech Briefs almost in the books, it's time to look at our most-read news articles of 2017.

Top stories included a look back at the life of Robert Goddard, and a look forward to...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sound-Off: What 3D-Printing Method is Best – FDM, SLS, or SLA?
A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert to compare three 3D-printing techniques.

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