Engineering

Critical communications component made on a flexible wooden film

In the not-too-distant future, flexible electronics will open the door to new products like foldable phones, tablets that can be rolled, paper-thin displays and wearable sensors that monitor health data. Developing these ...

Engineering

Microlandscaped abrasive tools deliver perfect grinding results

Tiny pyramids and cubes precisely aligned in rows and columns or radial lines of minute raised dots—these microscopic structures whose size is similar to the width of a human hair, are enabling engineers to design novel ...

Hardware

AI enhancement for printed circuit boards

Without printed circuit boards (PCBs), there would never have been an electronics revolution. A PCB is the platform upon which minuscule electronic components interact with one another. Today, PCBs are found in an ever-greater ...

Engineering

New technology revolutionizes 3-D metal printing

Selective LED-based melting (SLEDM)—the targeted melting of metal powder using high-power LED light sources—is the name of the new technology that a team led by Franz Haas, head of the Institute of Production Engineering ...

Robotics

Smooth collaboration between humans and robots

Robots are being deployed in more and more situations, many of which involve collaboration between humans and robots—for example relieving humans of onerous tasks in the workplace. The challenges are how to integrate the ...

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