Materials

Metals

One particular semiconductor, gallium arsenide (GaAs), has received considerable attention due to its potential electronic applications.

Future lunar landers might come equipped with 3D printed rocket engine parts that help bring down overall manufacturing costs and reduce production time. NASA is investing in...

Project MEDAL: Machine Learning for Additive Manufacturing Experimental Design is being led by Intellegens, a University of Cambridge spin-out specializing in artificial...

NASA’s work in Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) is focused on the use of electric motors and generators to help power a plane’s flight. Key to any electric power system are...

AM is a revolutionary technology that is changing the way that the aerospace industry is designing and producing parts.
Brazing isn't efficient, says an industry expert, and it's time for a change.
Learn about the most common bond systems for CBN wheels: resin, vitrified, and electroplated matrixes.
Application Briefs: Unmanned Systems
3D-Printed NACA Inlet
A company's first metal additively manufactured part took to the skies on a SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) test flight.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Testing Services
Jamco America’s comprehensive dynamic test facility has an accelerator-type impact system.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printing Powders
A new partnership is intended to create a closed loop supply chain, where certified scrap material is turned into powder.
Advanced computational engineering software and additive manufacturing are now delivering solutions that offer innovation and efficiency together.

A two-in-one technology provides 3D images of structural defects in metallic structures that can develop in aircraft. The system, developed by Tohoku University researchers in Japan in...

Application Briefs: Materials
Rear Fuselage Packer
To date, the rear fuselage packers have been used in the production of over 500 aircraft.
From jet engine components to high-speed airframes, vanadium alloys are deployed in virtually every jet aircraft flying today,
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) powder-based systems aren't the only ways to print metals.

You know how you leave space in a water bottle before you pop it in the freezer—to accommodate the fact that water expands as it freezes? Most metal parts in airplanes face the...

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory discovered a new platform for quantum technologies by suspending two-dimensional (2-D) crystals over pores in a slab of gold....

A new class of soft multifunctional materials could be used to convert mechanical deformation from vibrations and stretching into electrical energy.
INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Making Airplane Parts Without the Massive Infrastructure

A modern airplane’s fuselage is made from multiple sheets of different composite materials that must be wheeled into warehouse-sized ovens where the layers fuse together to form...

Metal detectors now appear routinely in the entrances of many schools, airports and even houses of worship. They serve as portals to correctional facilities, prisons and...

Shape-memory alloy (SMA) is a functional metal with unique properties that allow it to be trained to move on its own. Researchers at NASA Glenn partnered with Boeing to test how shape-memory...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Reducing the High Cost Of Titanium
With such great abundance, why is titanium so expensive?
Metal matrix composites can electrically bridge the cracks that appear in semiconductor substrates and the composite grid lines.
Metal 3D Printers, Dispensing Robots, Resistance Spot Welding, and More
Determine the effects of applied load on a composite structure.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal-Plated, High-Temperature Plastics
Imagine a material that lightens fuel loads and cuts costs every time a rocket blasts off from the launch pad.
Inductive eddy current technology is an extremely versatile non-contact method for measuring an object's position, distance, or vibration.

The leading edges of aircraft wings have to meet a very demanding set of characteristics. New research shows that a combination of steel composite metal foam (CMF) and epoxy...

Replacing hard chrome requires aerospace companies to critically evaluate why they used it in the first place.

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