The White House’s budget promises millions of dollars to build a solid foundation for additive manufacturing
Researchers are developing cutting-edge foams, coatings, metals and other substances to make our homes, vehicles and gadgets more energy efficient and environmentally friendly
Introduction to a special report on 3-D printing, nano materials, atomic machines and more
The Short History of the Future of Manufacturing
Future of Substance: New Materials Promise Better Batteries, Stronger Steel
Seven next-generation materials promise to change the way the world is made
Atomic Toolbox: Manufacturing at the Nanoscale
Scientists are building the next generation of atomic-scale devices
Breaking the Mold: Could Additive Manufacturing Resuscitate a Once-Proud U.S. Industry?
This week key players from government, business and academia meet at Penn State to discuss new technologies and techniques they hope will lead to a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing
Yes, Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs--Now What?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Erik Brynjolfsson explains how technology has affected economic growth and productivity--and how human workers can adapt
Waxing Innovative: Researchers Pump Up Artificial Muscles Using Paraffin
Artificial muscles have mostly been flaccid as a replacement for motors. Could carbon nanotube yarns soaked in paraffin wax change this?
Obama Administration Announces 3 Advanced-Manufacturing Innovation Institutes
A $200-million investment will fund development in digital manufacturing technology, lightweight composites and new power sources
NASA Plans for 3-D Printing Rocket Engine Parts Could Boost Larger Manufacturing Trend [Video]
The space agency is testing alternative manufacturing processes for faster, cheaper ways to make parts for its new Space Launch System
Need a Hug? Baxter the Human-Friendly Robot Debuts at M.I.T.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Baxter stayed behind in the lobby of the M.I.T. Media Lab, diligently picking up miniature boxes of Junior Mints and teacup candles and putting them in a pumpkin-shaped plastic bucket, as most attendees of Technology Review 's Emerging Technologies (EmTech) conference here filed into the main auditorium on Wednesday morning.Don't feel bad for Baxter, though, it was simply performing the picking and placing operations it had been programmed to do...
Plastic Electronics Cease Stretching Credulity
An experimental electronic plastic's liquid-metal interior keeps electrical connections intact even after the plastic stretches to more than four times normal size. Larry Greenemeier reports...
3-D Printing Software Helps Designers Avoid Rookie Mistakes [Video]
Mobile Apps Offer 3-D Printing Via the Cloud
Supercomputers Can Save U.S. Manufacturing
The key to reviving manufacturing in the U.S. may lie in the nation's supercomputers
The Once and Future Nanomachine
Biology outmatches futurists' most elaborate fantasies for molecular robots
Nanoscale Printing Has Big Implications for Science and Technology
IBM researchers arrange 60-nanometer gold particles to re-create a work of Renaissance art
Who’s the Boss? Next-Gen Factory Robots Could Call the Shots
Humans and robots will work elbow to elbow on the shop floor, but you'll be surprised by who's giving the orders
A Brighter Future for Manufacturing, 3-D Printed 1 Layer at a Time
Will 3-D printing transform conventional manufacturing?
High-Powered Computing Heralds Digital Industrial Revolution
Digital simulations have become so powerful that companies send their products through the wringer—sometimes literally—before ever building a prototype