June 2021

Post-It Notes pinned to a wall

Redesigning the Designer’s Role

May 19, 2021
Successful design has historically been the outcome of a trial-and-error approach, but technological advances are changing the rules of the game.
Tubes in a tray, with inset photo of the Tekmill CTF-COV

Redesigning a Test-Tube Handler for Robot-Based COVID Testing

May 12, 2021
The updated machine can handle 100,000 tests per day.

AI Makes a Deep Impression on Industrial Manufacturing

May 11, 2021
A survey confirms AI adoption gained traction with industrial manufacturers over the course of the pandemic.
Ball Screw Base Promo

Getting up to Speed

May 11, 2021
Understanding ball screw potential and limitations.
Mantis shrimp

A Shrimp-Inspired Camera Helps Detect Tumors

May 11, 2021
The camera detects both visual and IR light for more informative images.

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Machine controllers

The New Era of Machine Control

April 30, 2021
Assess five key areas when reviewing the modern platform.
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Researchers Develop the Whitest Paint Ever

April 29, 2021
A barium-sulfate coating could keep buildings cool and save money.
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Thor Swift/Berkeley Lab

Could this Recyclable Material Revolutionize the Plastic Industry?

April 27, 2021
PDK can be reused several times, lowering the cost of energy and raw materials for future products while cutting down on what gets sent to landfills.
Berkeley Lab and Ootto007/Dreamstime
Berkeley Lab researcher inset over wood background

Researchers Efficiently Turn Wood into Ethanol

April 22, 2021
The “one-pot” process could reduce the amount of wood that builds up in forests and eventually fuels wildfires.
Berkeley Lab
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Predicting Wind Power Costs for the Next 30 Years

April 20, 2021
A Berkeley Lab survey anticipates drops of at least 17% by 2035 and 37% by 2050.
Alexander Oganezov/Dreamstime
Robot with big eyes

The Robots Have Eyes

April 8, 2021
Machine vision is growing at an astronomical rate—and transforming manufacturing in the process.