Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Building the Second Machine Age

Manufacturing The Age of Robots

Manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing are revolutionising the way we produce things. Automation continues from the first to the second machine age to transform the way we work. This department tracks the development of manufacturing technology and the impact it is having on our economy and society.

Skin-inspired coating that’s as hard as teeth and can heal itself

Self-healing smart coatings could someday make scratches on cell phones a thing of the past. But researchers often have to compromise between strength and the ability to self-repair when developing these materials. Now, one group reports in ACS Nano the development of a smart coating that is as hard as tooth enamel on the outside but can heal itself like skin can.

Engineers 3-D print shape-shifting smart gel

3D printing becomes 4D as objects morph over time and temperatures change. Rutgers engineers have invented a “4D printing” method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of “living” structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery.

The New Age of Manufacturing

 The Moving Upstream team from the Wall Street Journal go to Asia to see the next generation of industrial robots, what they're capable of, and whether they’re friend or foe to low-skilled workers. What is the real impact of automation on human jobs and the economy....

Engineers design artificial synapse for “brain-on-a-chip” hardware

Design is major stepping stone toward portable artificial-intelligence devices. MIT researchers have designed a new chip that could advance the development of computers that operate like the human brain. The development could, “lead to processors that run machine learning tasks with lower energy demands — up to 1,000 times less.”

The world’s smallest sensor feels the growth power of plants, animals or humans

How do you visualize extremely small forces that are related to processes in the body, such as growth or developments within an embryo? Wageningen researchers combined laser technology with chemical knowledge, experimented and came up with a sensor consisting of a single molecule, which measures hundreds of times more accurately than the existing instruments for measuring the minus forces at the molecular level.

Building Blocks to Create Metamaterials

New design method could unlock the potential of materials that manipulate waves. Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zürich in Switzerland have created a method to systematically design metamaterials using principles of quantum mechanics.

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