Aviation & Aerospace White Papers and Case Studies

  1. Leveraging Semi-Solid Metal Casting For Manufacturing Complex Parts
    12/18/2014

    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.

  2. Increasing Profitability By Selecting The Right Glass Or Optics Provider
    5/16/2014

    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.

  3. A Look At Optical Ceramics For Infrared Applications
    5/16/2014

    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. 

  4. SCHOTT Borofloat 33 Floated Borosilicate Glass Tech Note
    3/5/2014

    Abrisa Technologies provides custom fabrication and coating of SCHOTT Borofloat® 33; floated borosilicate glass.

  5. Material Selection With An Eye On Micromolding: A Comparison Study Of Materials
    1/13/2014

    This study tackles one of the most important aspects of micro-molding — resin selection. This study shows how, in terms of micro-molding, picking resins based on data sheets can be misleading or confusing. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of different materials that can be used for the process.

  6. Effect of Grain Size on Microstructure, Properties, and Surface Roughness of Reaction Bonded SiC Ceramics
    12/3/2013

    SiC based ceramics feature high specific stiffness, high thermal conductivity, and low CTE. Reaction bonded SiC ceramics feature the same characteristics, but also benefit from their large size and complex shape capability. The grain size of the SiC phase can largely affect the microstructure, properties, and surface roughness in reaction bonded SiC ceramics.

  7. Improved Modeling of Grid Structures on Optics
    12/3/2013

    This white paper demonstrates the capability to model optical transmission, EMI attenuation, and diffraction effects of sub-mm grid structures on optics used in aerospace applications.

  8. Short Wave Infrared Enhances Machine Vision
    10/23/2013

    SWIR (short wave infrared) imaging is especially useful for measuring, monitoring, and controlling the reliability and quality control aspects of manufacturing and industrial processes.

  9. HD Video — A Travel Log
    3/12/2013

    Through the convergence of technologies, compact video camera design, improved optics, and video storage and transmission, high definition delivers incredibly diverse images from the depths of the sea to the edge of space and everywhere in between. During the past several years, the adoption of HD video formats for capture, display, and distribution has yielded imaging that offers superior clarity, resolution, and color details as never before. By Paul Dempster, Toshiba Imaging Systems Division

  10. Laser Pulse Train Amplification With PowerPULSE™ Modules
    10/19/2011
    Many laser applications require very high peak powers at high repetition rates. The pulses are typically generated from mode-locked laser oscillators, fiber laser oscillators, or modulated CW fiber lasers. By G. Jay Doster, Ph.D. and Ryan Feeler, Ph.D., Northrop Grumman Cutting Edge Optronics