ManufacturingBuilding 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.
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.
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.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a superconducting switch that “learns” like a biological system and could connect processors and store memories in future computers operating like the human brain.
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....
Approach starts with a function and asks what structure is needed to achieve the intended result. Imagine wafer-thin eyeglasses or a smartphone camera so small it is invisible to the naked eye.
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.”
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.
NUS engineers invent tiny vision processing chip for ultra-small smart vision systems and IoT applications
Novel video feature extractor uses 20 times less power than existing chips and could reduce the size of untethered vision systems down to the millimetre range.
Only one atom thick: Physicists succeed in measuring mechanical properties of 2D monolayer materials
The thinnest materials that can be produced today have the thickness of a single atom. These materials – known as two-dimensional materials – exhibit properties that are very different compared with their bulk three-dimensional counterparts.
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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