Department of Commerce
Manufacturing, Semi-Conductor

As another productive year comes to a close, it’s always nice to take a moment to look back on everything our hard-working staff members have accomplished and celebrate the wins. From semiconductors to quantum computing (and post-quantum encryption) to artificial intelligence, this year has seen NIST accomplish some major milestones.

CHIPS Act

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CleanTechnica
Manufacturing, Sustainability

Fossil energy stakeholders have a new reason to worry. During the last weeks of the Trump administration, the US Department of Defense announced that it had lent some of its financial muscle to BioMADE, a sprawling program aimed at accelerating the growth of a domestic bioeconomy. One of the first shoes to drop is a a dandelion-based rubber...

Reuters
Robotics

Will a robot ever make your blue jeans?

There is a quiet effort underway to find out — involving clothing and technology companies, including Germany’s Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE) and Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N).

"Clothing is the last trillion-dollar industry that hasn’t been automated," said Eugen Solowjow, who heads a project at a Siemens lab in San...

Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, senior general engineer and technical advisor Harry Pierson, far left, accepts the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, or ARM, Institute project team. From left: David Barron, Alex Klinger, Chris Adams, Shane Groves, Andy Strat, Nihad Alfaysale and Stuart Lawrence at the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference in Tampa, Florida, Dec. 6, 2022.
Defense, Robotics

The Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, teamed with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, or ARM, Institute to win the Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award at the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference for the creation of an augmented reality-enabled cold spray robot, nicknamed “ARRI.”

The new system, used to apply thermal...