Aviation & Aerospace White Papers and Case Studies

  1. Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure: Patented Sensor Technology Revealed

    The most significant development in the production of infrared sensors and their ability to affect improvements to SWaP-C requirements comes from the introduction of uncooled focal plane array (FPA) designs. 

  2. Optical Components for SWIR Imaging

    This application note provides information on the benefits of SWIR imaging in harsh or low-light level conditions, and PG&O's capabilities in manufacturing optical components for SWIR imaging.

  3. Propulsion And Energy Research Laboratory Uses High-Speed Digital Cameras In Turbulent Combustion Studies

    This case study discusses the use of the FASTCAM SA-Z to effectively slow down the turbulent flow of motion through the acquisition of a large number of images played back at various slow speeds for frame by frame data analysis.

  4. Mitigating Aircraft Damage With A New Generation of Fuel Tank Sensors

    This white paper describes how these sensor technology developments are able to provide pilots with immediate temperature, pressure, and oxygen concentration readings of fuel tanks in the duration of a flight.

  5. 3D Printing Technologies For Prototyping And Production

    Today’s products are designed to be manufactured in thousands or hundreds of thousands, and both parts and assembled products can be built and tested throughout the development process.

  6. Cooled vs. Uncooled Thermal Imaging

    Thermal imaging cameras have been used by scientists, researchers and R&D specialists for many years in a variety of applications.This application note describes the difference between cooled and uncooled thermal imaging cameras, and when to use them in applications such as industrial R&D, academics and research, and defense and aerospace.

  7. Mixed-Signal Verification Of A PWM Ultrasound Driver With Analog FastSPICE™ AMS At Stanford University

    Designers of digitally-assisted circuits are working towards unlocking the digital signal processing capabilities of fine line CMOS technology to leverage their digital processing potential for performance recovery or enhancement in systems. This case study highlights a key challenge associated with the design of these new types of circuits.  It also describes the design and verification of a digitally-assisted ultrasound driver used for structural health monitoring as a non-destructive testing device.

  8. Leveraging Semi-Solid Metal Casting For Manufacturing Complex Parts

    Brisbane, California startup Fighting Walrus recently developed its Fighting Walrus Radio – a 900 MHz telemetry radio used in conjunction with iPhones or iPads in order to effectively control the flight of commercially available drones. This case study explains how Proto Labs helped them determine that a magnesium thixomolding process was the most ideal solution in developing the radio’s antenna housing and clamps. To see if thixomolding might be the ideal solution for your next design, (drone controller or otherwise), download the case study.

  9. Increasing Profitability By Selecting The Right Glass Or Optics Provider

    This article outlines the important characteristics that you should consider when partnering with a glass or optics provider. While manufacturing a quality product and ensuring timely delivery are vital, there are other differentiating aspects to consider when choosing a partner.

  10. A Look At Optical Ceramics For Infrared Applications

    For most people, “infrared technology” calls to mind the night vision goggles from classic spy movies, providing blurry heat signature images of enemy guards on nighttime patrol. In reality, the scope of infrared technology has expanded well past night vision goggles to encompass a broad spectrum of sophisticated applications. Today, sensors around ship ports use night vision technology to keep an eye out after dark. Satellites use infrared technology to look out further into space. And these advanced sensors have distance capabilities far surpassing those movie goggles that saw to the other end of the room. Current infrared equipment can peer out for miles into the dark.