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3D Printing & Prototyping

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is growing in importance as a fabrication process for the space industry, enabling weight and cost savings through optimized designs...

Metric-Sized Metal Shapes

Parker Steel Company (Maumee, OH) offers metric-sized metals suitable for applications where presized metric parts are needed....

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Using Thermoplastic Composites for Aerospace Applications

Recent advancements in composite production and processing are making thermoplastics a viable option in a wider array of aerospace applications.

South West Metal Finishing has been working on an additive manufacturing surface treatment process for the last three years and believes it could be the future choice of aircraft...

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Army 3-D Prints a Building

The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Illinois, has successfully three-dimensionally printed a 512 square-foot concrete structure. The structure, called a barracks hut or B-Hut, was...

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Researchers Print the Unprintable: Kapton

Kapton, a material used in electronics and aerospace applications, has only been available in sheet form. Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to 3D-print a polymer with Kapton's...

A 3D printer is essentially a small embedded computer — and can be exploited like one.

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Rutgers University have...

On-Line UPS Family

Falcon Electric, Inc., (Irwindale, CA) announced the addition of tower models to its on-line rackmount SC UPS family. The new 700VA to...

Interest in 3D printing is remaking the manufacturing landscape. Consulting firm IDC says global spending on 3D printers, both desktop and industrial, hit about $11 billion in 2015...

Frequently used as a design validation and prototyping tool in its early days, the 3D printer now supports a much wider range of applications, from shape-conforming electronics to the creation of...

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have become the first to 3D print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, representing a significant advance in...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printers Create Tomorrow’s Rocket Engines

Startup company Tri-D Dynamics LLC, a startup with ties to Purdue University, plans to use 3D printers as well as other additive manufacturing processes to make future rocket engines that...

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 3D-printed a ready-to-fly drone with embedded electronics using aerospace-grade material. The electronics were...

A soldier heads back to camp, grabs a power bar and unloads his gear. The power bar, which was "printed" minutes earlier, contains all the nutrients his body currently needs, according to...

3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), is quickly becoming a 'must have' for aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers rather than just a luxury R&D...

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Radiation Tolerant 3-Phase Motor Drive

Data Device Corporation (DDC) (Bohemia, NY) introduced a new high-reliability, 3-phase radiation tolerant motor drive, providing 100k Rad Total Dose protection, and advanced circuit and logic...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Lightning Protection Products

CDM Electronics (Turnersville, NJ) now stocks the full Times Microwave Systems' Times-Protect™ Series of surge and lightning protection products and accessories. These connectors meet or surpass all...

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700 MHz - 6 GHz Benchtop Power Amplifiers

AR (Bothell, WA) now provides up to 350 watts of linear output power over the 0.7 to 6 GHz instantaneous frequency band in one benchtop amplifier housing when driven with a signal generator output...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Portable 3D Scanner

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) has released the new Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8, a portable laser scanner for large volume inspection applications such as automotive sheet metal, aerospace...

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Inertial Navigation System

Based on iXblue’s (Natick, MA) unique Fiber Optic Gyroscope Technology, Phins C3, C5 & C7 are fully scalable inertial navigation systems with a similar architecture and interface. Available as an OEM...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Radio Test Set

Astronics Corporation (East Aurora, NY), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Test Systems, has introduced a radio test solution for use in commercial aerospace, military, and civil security applications. The new CTS...

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Ptototyping FPGAs

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced the RTG4™ PROTO field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) developed specifically to enable prototyping of space systems, enable lower cost prototyping and design...

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Fanless Embedded Computer

DFI Tech (Sacramento, CA) now offers a higher performance quad core processor in its rugged EC series fanless computing systems. The EC700-BT Fanless Embedded System from DFI Tech features an Intel® Atom™ E3845...

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Disk Encryption Technology

Enova Technology Corp. (San Jose, CA) recently announced its 10th generation X-Wall MX+ hardware security solutions for Microsoft EHDD. The X-Wall MX+ has built-in TCG Opal 2.0 capability to effectively transform...

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ARINC 600 Network Server

MEN Micro Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) now offers a robust ARINC 600- compliant high speed network server for inflight communications. Pre-integrated and prequalified to DO160-G up to the operating system, the versatile...

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ADS-B Compliant Transponder

ACSS (Phoenix, AZ), an L-3 and Thales Company, has developed an ADS-B transponder solution for legacy corporate aircraft, the NXT- 700. This next-generation Mode S transponder will satisfy the DO-260B mandate for...

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Rate Indicator/Totalizer

The Hoffer (Elizabeth City, NC) HIT-4U Rate Indicator/Totalizer is being offered with additional options providing the user with enhanced functionality and flexibility in a compact enclosure. The choice of a NEMA 4X...

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Rugged Embedded System

Connect Tech (Guelph, Ontario) announces Rosie, its latest rugged embedded system, based on the NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX1. Housed in a compact enclosure with optional mounting brackets, Rosie features the NVIDIA...

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Analog-to-Digital Converter

The new EV12AD550 1.5GSps ADC from e2v (Chelmsford, UK) supports high dynamic range at 4.5GHz and S-band direct digitization, which enables space systems to avoid costly down conversion requirements. Future...

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