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In an era when society is looking for true role models, Dr. Karen Lozano, whose picture is on the cover, would be a great place to start. She’s the inventor of the Forcespinning process, the subject of our July/August cover story.

By using force in the same way as a cotton-candy-making machine, a small U.S. firm has become a force in the world of nanoscale fiber fabrication.

A revolution is happening at the micro- and nano-scales—the ability to “program” physical and biological materials to change their shape and properties without human intervention. Called self-assembly, it is the spontaneous formation of ordered structures from smaller parts, taking advantage of the natural motion of molecules when energy is applied to them, and the tendency of those molecules to stick together via intermolecular attraction.

Many articles have been written about additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing. Most of these stories have discussed exciting possibilities for the technology, such as printing weapons, buildings and even human organs.

Even the nimblest human fingers have trouble holding tiny parts, so in micropart assembly, a little bit of help is needed from probes and grippers.

Turn on the TV, pick up a consumer magazine or visit a popular Web news portal these days and you just might get an update on 3-D printing—the hottest topic in manufacturing.

Top Videos

Shinola watchesShinola, a Detroit-based company,  wants to turn this former automobile city  into the watch making capital of America.

Stanford University researchers have developed an all-carbon, thin-film prototype solar cell that they say could reduce the manufacturing costs associated with rigid silicon solar panels.

April 13, 2012—With about 150 attendees turning out for the 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM 2012) held March 12-14 at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., conference organizers hailed the balanced attendance from Asia, Europe and North America as a first for the annual gathering.

soStratasys, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Optomec Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., have partnered in a joint development project to merge 3-D printing and printed electronics to create what Stratasys is calling the first fully printed hybrid structure, according to a release by Stratasys.

Small Car at Vienna thumbA 285µm-long racecar has been fabricated in record time via ultrahigh-precision 3-D printing at Vienna University of Technology.

Top Products

FineLine Prototyping Inc.

Fineline stereolithographyFineLine Prototyping Inc. is a rapidprototyping and additive-manufacturing company that specializes in fabricating high-accuracy, high-resolution parts for the medical device industry.

Appli-Tec

bottombAppli-thane 7300 is a blue, thermally conductive polyurethane adhesive compound for advanced electronic assembly. It is a self-leveling, injectable compound suitable for electronic bonding and potting, and may also be used for bonding leaded components. It has a long potlife, which maintains its dispensability for 4 hours, making it suitable for automated dispensing.

InTech

InTech micro book thumb"Micromachining Techniques for Fabrication of Micro and Nano Structures," a new book presenting advances in micromanufacturing technology, is available as a free download through InTech, an open access publisher of scholoarly papers and books.

Brewer Science Inc.

Feb. 21, 2012—Pixelligent LLC and Brewer Science Inc. have combined their respective expertise in nanocrystal additives and microelectronics "to create a next generation spin-on hardmask for advanced lithography," Brewer announced in a recent news release.

Roland DGA Corp.

MPX-90M impact printer thumbRoland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., this week unveiled a new compact and affordable direct part-marking tool designed specifically for medical devices. Based on the company's micro-percussion direct part-marking technology, the MPX-90M impact printer marks surgical instruments and tools with permanent GS1 DataMatrix barcodes, enabling manufacturers to readily comply with new, stricter supply chain regulations.