IBM develops promising contender for cheaper solar cells

(PhysOrg.com) -- Solar cells could make fossil fuels virtually redundant if they were cheaper, but their use of rare elements and complex manufacturing processes makes them expensive. Now IBM Research has developed a prototype ...

3-D printing coming in reach of consumers

It may sound like a prop from a sci-fi movie, or some garage inventor's holy grail: a device that converts a computer file into a three-dimensional physical object.

Boosting confidence in new manufacturing technologies

Additive manufacturing, including emerging "3D printing" technologies, is booming. Last year an astronaut on the International Space Station used a 3D printer to make a socket wrench in space, hinting at a future when digital ...

Researchers create engineered energy absorbing material

(Phys.org) —Materials like solid gels and porous foams are used for padding and cushioning, but each has its own advantages and limitations. Gels are effective as padding but are relatively heavy; gel performance can also ...

Researchers use CT to recreate Stradivarius violin

Using computed tomography (CT) imaging and advanced manufacturing techniques, a team of experts has created a reproduction of a 1704 Stradivarius violin. Three-dimensional images of the valuable violin and details on how ...

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