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
Seven next-generation materials promise to change the way the world is made
Scientists are building the next generation of atomic-scale devices
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
Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Erik Brynjolfsson explains how technology has affected economic growth and productivity--and how human workers can adapt
Artificial muscles have mostly been flaccid as a replacement for motors. Could carbon nanotube yarns soaked in paraffin wax change this?
A $200-million investment will fund development in digital manufacturing technology, lightweight composites and new power sources
The space agency is testing alternative manufacturing processes for faster, cheaper ways to make parts for its new Space Launch System
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.
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
As 3-D printing has matured over the past decade, the process has proved an effective way for artists, entrepreneurs and academics to produce custom-designed parts and prototype models.
The key to reviving manufacturing in the U.S. may lie in the nation's supercomputers
Biology outmatches futurists' most elaborate fantasies for molecular robots
IBM researchers arrange 60-nanometer gold particles to re-create a work of Renaissance art
Humans and robots will work elbow to elbow on the shop floor, but you'll be surprised by who's giving the orders
Will 3-D printing transform conventional manufacturing?
Digital simulations have become so powerful that companies send their products through the wringer—sometimes literally—before ever building a prototype