Materials & Coatings

News: Materials
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...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

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 outcomes...

News: Photonics/Optics
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 part...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 created...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inspiring Young Scientists, One Tiny Fidget Spinner at a Time

ORNL staff scientist Adam Rondinone explains how his team made the tiny toy.

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
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 new...

News: Materials
Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed

Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped.

News: Materials
Is It Hot in Here? New Double-Sided Fabric Will Find Your 'Comfortable' Temperature

A reversible fabric from Stanford University could warm up or cool down its wearers,...

News: Materials
Sound-Off: Thermoset Composites vs. Traditional Metals

New plastics are helping automotive manufacturers reduce the weight of their vehicles. But how do thermoset composites...

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