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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Micro-CAL Process Prints Fine Features in Glass Microstructures

Researchers have developed a new way to 3D print glass microstructures that is faster and produces objects with higher optical quality, design flexibility, and strength....

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Photonics/Optics

Platform for Quantum Technologies Using Gold

Scientists discovered a new platform for quantum technologies by suspending two-dimensional (2D) crystals over pores in a slab of gold. When heated, the metal reflows to form a porous structure...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

A Laser-Based Volumetric Additive Manufacturing Method to 3D Print Glass

Traditional glassmaking techniques can be costly and slow, and 3D printing glass often results in rough textures, making them unsuitable for smooth lenses. Using a new...

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Automotive

Developing Lightweight Glass for Efficient Cars and Wind Turbines

All solid materials, including glass, have a property called elastic stiffness — also known as elastic modulus. It's a measure of how much force per unit area is needed to...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

New Family of Glass for Lens Applications

A new composition of germanosili-cate glass created by adding zinc oxide has properties good for lens applications. The new family of zinc germanosilicate glass has a high refractive index comparable...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

500°C-Rated Optical Fiber for High Temperature Applications

A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.

R&D
Materials

Bioactive Coatings Improve Orthopedic Implants

Researchers are working on a coating that mimics bone tissue.

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Motion Control

Software Gives Robots Human Touch

A software makes industrial robots nimbler and almost as sensitive as human hands.

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Electronics & Computers

New Isolated Power Supply Chip Design Improves Efficiency

The new design improves the conversion efficiency and power density of the chip.

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Photonics/Optics

New “Metalens” Shifts Focus Without Tilting or Moving

The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.

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Photonics/Optics

Glass Injection Molding

The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.

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Materials

Metallic Glass Gears Up for Cobots, Coatings, and More

A bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D-printed metals.

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Medical

Bioactive Glass and Metal Implants Dissolve at the End of Operational Lifespan

The devices eliminate the need for invasive removal once they have served their purpose.

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Lighting

Ultra-Thin, Energy-Efficient Photodetector Integrated with Gorilla Glass

This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.

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Materials

Metamaterials R&D Targets NVH Abatement

Acoustics engineers have a broad variety of materials from which to choose for reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in vehicles. But their selection often comes with a measurable...

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Imaging

Low-Cost Strengthened Glass Substrates

These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.

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Materials

Completely Flat Fisheye Lens

The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.

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Photonics/Optics

Creating High-Precision Glass for NIR Lasers

See what kinds of applications require high-precision laser glass with demanding dimensional tolerances and high-power laser coatings.

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Materials

A Cool New Dimension to Automotive Plastics’ Testing

R&D testing in extreme temperatures has long been part of ensuring required longevity and performance of automotive materials. That is particularly so regarding plastics, the...

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Photonics/Optics

Overcoming Pitfalls When Measuring Thin, Parallel Optics

A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.

R&D
Sensors/Data Acquisition

New Coating Process Lights Porous Electronics and Sensors

Researchers have shown how to coat glass and plastic with porous titanium dioxide.

Technology Leaders
Aerospace

ZERODUR: The Highly Technical Glass-Ceramic

Highly technical glass-ceramic delivers optical precision at nanometer scale.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Model Predicts Breaking Point of Conducting Material

This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printing Process Produces Highly Porous Glass Objects

The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.

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Test & Measurement

Electrically Non-Conductive Ladder Fall Protection

This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.

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Photonics/Optics

Optically Fixable Shape Memory Polymers

These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Molecular Engineering for Mechanically Resilient and Stretchable Electronic Polymers and Composites

The ability to predict the mechanical properties of organic semiconductors is of critical importance for roll-to-roll production and...

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Test & Measurement

Bringing Precision Anamorphic Micro-Optics to Consumer-Level Laser Applications

Laser illumination is scaling in a new direction.

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Transportation

Mathematical Technique Quickly Tunes Next-Generation Lenses

Most of us know optical lenses as curved, transparent pieces of plastic or glass, designed to focus light for microscopes, spectacles, cameras, and more. For the most part, a...