Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Meta-Optics for High-Energy Lasers

The scope of this research radically changed the way novel components are designed and fabricated for high-energy applications. This 3D Meta-Optics platform was, and is, essentially engineering the electromagnetic fields in 3D dielectric structures. The results have provided a class of transformational optical components that can be integrated at all levels throughout a high-energy laser system.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Test & Measurement
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Ruggedized Bioprinter

nScrypt Inc.
Orlando, FL
407-275-4755
www.nscrypt.com

nScrypt has partnered with the U.S. Military, the Uniformed Services University 4D Bio3 Program, and The Geneva Foundation to move bioprinting out of sterile biology laboratories to forward-deployed military positions. The Geneva Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advances military medicine through innovative scientific research, program management, and a dedication to U.S. service members and veterans, their families, and the global community.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Adhesives/Sealants, Materials, Plastics, Cleaning and Disinfection, Sterlization, Biosensors
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Mine Roller

Rostec State Corporation
Moscow, Russia
+7 (495) 287-25-25
https://rostec.ru/en/

Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, part of UralVagonZavod Group belonging to Rostec State Corporation, has developed a mine roller to be installed on "ironclads” — models B10M2S and B12S armored tractors. The B10M2S is an armored bulldozer designed and built by Company Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation. The bulldozer, which has a maximum weight of 22,800 kg (50,265 lbs), is powered by a 190 hp YaMZ-236 diesel engine, giving it a top speed of 11 km/h (6.8 mph). Tractors with a mine roller are more maneuverable than mine-clearing tanks and have a longer service life, which makes them optimal for humanitarian demining. Production of a prototype mine-clearing tank was scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Industrial Controls & Automation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Machinery, Mechanical Components
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Tactical Communications System

Spectra Group
Tysons, VA
202-818-8429
www.spectra-group.us

Spectra Group (US), a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimized for use in remote and challenging environments, has been selected by the US DoD to take part in the 2019 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) at Fort Benning.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Wireless, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Data Acquisition
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Hydraulic Thermal Bypass Valve

ThermOmegaTech
Warminster, PA
877-379-8258
www.thermomegatech-adg.com

A system supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense recently approached ThermOmegaTech® to obtain a custom thermal bypass valve. Installed into a military vehicle’s hydraulic system manifold, the valve bypasses cold hydraulic fluid to reduce system load and quickly bring it up to operating temperature.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Thermal Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Fastening, Fluid Handling, Joining & Assembly, Machinery, Mechanical Components, MEMs
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Critical Communications Break Out of the Analog Mold

Once firmly rooted in its analog origins, critical communications is now steadily evolving to provide enhanced situational awareness. The latest public safety and military communications (MilCom) radios are more versatile and reliable, supporting ad-hoc networks to improve or enable connectivity. With higher-data-rate capabilities, critical communications solutions can send and receive high-resolution images, videos, and other types of data-intensive content. At the same time, they provide higher-quality voice communications while maintaining security. To ensure communications and interoperability, they still can support analog communications as a failsafe. These myriad capabilities are possible through the ongoing adoption of new technologies, ranging from digital public safety standards and modulation formats, to technologies like wireless local area networking (WLAN) and Long Term Evolution (LTE).

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Communications, Wireless, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging, Video, Manufacturing & Prototyping, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Lockheed Martin Completes NASA's Orion Spacecraft Capsule For Artemis 1 Mission To The Moon

The goal of humans again walking on the Moon is one giant leap closer. Lockheed Martin has completed building the capsule for NASA's Orion spacecraft. The crew module capsule for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon has been stacked on top of the Orion service module, which was also recently finished.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Robotic Manufacturing in Space

Made In Space (MIS) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a subcontract to support NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) demonstration of the autonomous robotic manufacturing and assembly platform, Archinaut, on a flight mission. The flight demonstration contract award marks the second phase of the NASA-funded Archinaut technology development program which was initially awarded in 2016.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Inside Story: Allied Motion

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a supplier to medical equipment manufacturers rests on our ability to offer the expertise, technologies, advanced products, and the global presence necessary to deliver high-quality motion solutions to our customers.

Posted in: News, News, Defense, Design, Industrial Design and Human Factors, Intellectual Property, Product Development, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Medical, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Robotics, Surgical Robotics/Instruments
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Air Force Technology Reclaims Obsolete Aircraft Parts

The average age of Air Force aircraft is over 28 years. As a result, parts can be difficult to acquire when original suppliers are no longer in existence. The Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low Cost Sustainment (MAMLS) program was created to utilize advanced technologies to address the current challenges of keeping aging aircraft flying safely.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
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