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  • Boston ‘bluing’ trip highlights synthetic biology, biotechnology for AFRL team

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  A select group of scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory traveled to the Boston region to see emerging capabilities centered on synthetic biology to better understand the potential of this growing field of science to improve materials for today’s Airmen. “The goals of this trip were
  • Smart automation, AI to accelerate materials discovery, innovation

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – To meet the demands of the ever-increasing pace of technological development in order to create the next generation of Air Force technology, researchers are challenged to find ways to shrink the timeline for materials discovery, development and deployment.According to Dr. Benji Maruyama, a research scientist
  • AFRL researchers innovate, ‘sprint’ to create waterproof rescue duffel

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  The ability to rapidly innovate is key to ensuring the Air Force advantage in today’s operational environment. And, solving problems faster often calls for new ways of doing business that leverage creativity and flexibility to create rapid solutions for warfighter needs.For junior scientists at the Air Force
  • AFRL-led patches make ‘sense’ of sweat

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a sweaty project, but the sweat is worth the effort for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory working to better understand the links between materials, technology and warfighter performance.Born out of an AFRL and industry collaboration within the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, a wearable
  • AFRL researchers push limits in high-temperature, polymer additive manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are “turning up the heat” in the field of polymer additive manufacturing.In conjunction with researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the University of Louisville, the team successfully printed the
  • NextFlex Fellow named from AFRL

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A prominent technical director from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was one of six people selected to receive the NextFlex Fellow award. Dr. Richard Vaia, technical director in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Functional Materials Division, received this
  • AFRL partners with entrepreneurs to light the way for the warfighter

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Nearly everyone has used a common glow stick to light up the night sky, or even as part of a highway emergency kit. But these handy devices are also useful in the battlefield, and AFRL researchers have discovered a way to make this useful tool even better.Materials Engineer Dr. Larry Brott of the AFRL
  • Linking engineering, art and science: Origami may be key to complex Air Force needs

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Origami, the art of paper folding, has captivated generations of audiences across the globe, as artists craft intricate, intriguing figures and objects by folding just a single sheet of paper. For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the prospect of using origami to create complex,
  • Air Force collaboration could increase use of composites in aerospace manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Bonded composite airframe structures offer a potential to achieve more affordable manufacturing and more efficient structures, ultimately meeting the goals of the Air Force for increased range and reduced fuel consumption. Laser bond inspection (LBI) in conjunction with bond process control is an enabling
  • AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate honors annual awards winners

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate recently held their 65th Annual Awards Luncheon to honor their top achievers at the Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center.   Dr. David Walker, former AFRL Vice Commander as well as former AFRL Materials and
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