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NIST: 3-D Microfluidic Device

At NIST’s Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), researchers created dynamic microfluidic systems that incorporate elastomeric valving into thin materials such as plastic films and tapes. Shown is a 25-mm-per-side cube whose walls contain microfluidic channels and valves. In one trial, the...
NIST’s Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed
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NIST’s Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed

Researchers from two National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratories have teamed up to build the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT), a custom-made 3D printer that they can use to better understand AM processes. Their goal is to study the process in-depth and produce...
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NIST’s “Whispering Gallery” for Graphene Electrons

An international research group led by NIST scientists has developed a technique for creating nanoscale whispering galleries for electrons in graphene. This technique could be used to build devices that focus and amplify electrons just as lenses focus light. In some structures, such as the dome in...
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NMRU Dayton - Disorientation Research Device

The Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is Navy Medicine's world-class, global aeromedical and toxicology research leader. NAMRU-D conducts aeromedical and environmental health research to maximize performance and help the warfighter survive. This...
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NREL’s Interaction of Renewable Energy Sources on the Grid

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., Power Systems Engineering Department researchers like Mike Simpson and Adarsh Nagarajan have access to advanced immersive visualization technology for unprecedented data analytics. For example, in the 3D visualization room at NREL...
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NREL’s Perovskite Solar Cell Research

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researcher Mengjin Yang works with hybrid perovskite solar cells. He and researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility. The...
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NREL’s Radar and Visual Systems to Prevent Bird Strikes

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researcher Jason Roadman and veterinarian Seth Oster release a Bald Eagle from a lift during research at the National Wind Technology Center. The Auburn University eagles, trainers, and a veterinarian are participating in research to help NREL develop a...
NSWC Carderock’s Disruptive Technologies Laboratory
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NSWC Carderock’s Disruptive Technologies Laboratory

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division has created a Disruptive Technologies Laboratory and charged it with generating ideas and solutions for the fleet and taking them from concept to reality. One project was to conceptualize, design and fabricate the largest DoD 3D printed object yet...
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NSWC Crane - Early-Stage Material Investigation

Novel investigation into early-stage high strain rate behavior and shock deformation characteristics of materials is being conducted by scientists and engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center , Crane Division</a> (NSWC Crane). The use of Flash X-Rays and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (...
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ORNL - 3D Printing a House

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using innovative additive manufacturing techniques to 3D-print a specially designed home for the lab's Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project. Researchers, collaborating with industry partners, used this "first-...

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