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  • From lemon to lemonade: AFRL researchers reclaim clunker for endurance race

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Researchers from the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Materials Integrity Branch recently put their technical skills to use in a different way as they transformed a “lemon” into a racecar.The automotive overhaul took place in preparation for the 24 Hours of LeMons race series, a tongue-in-cheek
  • Unique high-brilliance X-ray sheds new light on additive manufacturing process

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate researchers recently took advantage of a unique and rare research opportunity to better understand the behavior of materials used in the additive manufacturing process.Once a little-known curiosity, the popularity of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing as it is
  • AFRL, Harvard researchers invent new method of hybrid 3-D printing for flexible electronics

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It is often said that ‘two heads are better than one;’ for the Air Force, leveraging the expertise and insights of academia has led to advances in materials development and processing destined to be a game changer for the future fight.A collaboration between scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory and
  • AFRL developing AgilePod ‘family’ to augment sensing grid

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Building on the recent success of AgilePod ‘1.0,’ Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have embarked on a new “mini” AgilePod effort to increase the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the platform by decreasing the footprint of the sensing ‘lab in the sky.’ “AgilePod was
  • AFRL volunteers growing a LEGACY in materials science

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- With paperclips, school glue, and a few metal scraps, AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate volunteers are helping to secure a brighter future for materials science research, one student at a time.Scientists and engineers from throughout the directorate took time out of their work schedules this
  • Materials and Manufacturing Directorate researchers win Affiliate Societies Council awards

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Three researchers from AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate were recently named recipients of the 2017 ASC Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award. Dr. Eric Lindgren, Dr. Joy Haley and Doug Carter will be recognized at an upcoming ASC awards banquet later this month. The Outstanding Engineers
  • Small antennas could bring big benefits to the Air Force

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – When it comes to military and consumer electronics, smaller is often better, and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s revolutionary new antenna design is promising to make military electronics much better.Researchers at the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, in partnership with Northeastern
  • AFRL Materials Integrity researchers provide rapid answers to big challenges

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio  --  The safety and protection of the warfighter is a motivating force in everything AFRL does, but for one branch in particular, it is at the very heart of their mission.The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Materials Integrity Branch stands always at the ready to answer the needs of the warfighter,
  • Air Force teams with industry to further aircraft and radome coating research

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –The Air Force Research Laboratory and a small business are partnering to advance critical aircraft coatings. Under a cooperative research and development agreement, also known as a CRADA, the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) loaned a small-scale Microwave Mapping Transparency Sensor
  • Tri-Service effort leverages synthetic biology expertise to address future warfighter needs

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  Taking advantage of Department of Defense research laboratory expertise in chemistry, biology, computer science and material science and engineering, a collaborative, $45 million tri-service effort is changing the way the DoD exploits biological systems to meet the unique needs and challenges of defense
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