Tag Archives: Nanomanufacturing

Why Study the Draft 2014 National Nanotech Initiative Strategic Plan?

The NNI has just released its 2014 draft Strategic Plan for public comment. Aside from the opportunity to submit comments, becoming familiar with the plan offers a number of benefits to nanotech ventures. One is that it provides a useful overview of the agencies involved, which can make it easier to identify potential soures of … Continue reading this entry

Quantum Dots Enter Mainstream Mobile Device Market

Last month, Amazon released Kindle Fire HDX 7 — the first ever mobile device to feature a quantum-dot-enhanced display. The 7” display includes a Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) produced by 3M in collaboration with Nanosys, Inc.  Compared to conventional LED-LCD display, the QDEF essentially replaces the YAG phosphor of the white LED backlight and functions as … Continue reading this entry

What is Cool About Additive Manufacturing? PTO Event Today Shows the Latest for This Economic Engine

I attended today the USPTO partnership meeting on “additive manufacturing” (aka 3D Printing). The content was excellent, covering both talks and demonstrations. Companies presenting included 3D Systems, Stratasys, Shapeways, MakerBot, Ex One, and EOS. Several hundred persons attended, including in person and via the web, and the room energy was excellent throughout the three hours plus of content. The 3D printing … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform Marches on to Critical Dates of September 16, 2012 and March 16, 2013, as Patents Again Make Front Page Headlines

The recent, large judgement against Samsung in the Apple v. Samsung patent litigation has again brought patenting to the front pages of American news media. In that context, the September 16, 2012 and March 16, 2013 critical dates for when fundamentally new patent law takes effect takes on added importance. It is crucial for the innovation community to … Continue reading this entry

NNI's Sensors: New Federal Nanosensor Initiative Announced

The NNI is now presenting to the public a new signature initiative devoted to sensors. Two thrusts are identified: (1) use of nanotechnology in building sensors, and (2) develop better sensing methods for detecting nanomaterials. An associated white paper provides more details. This is the fifth signature initiative from the NNI. According to the announcement, past sensor work has been … Continue reading this entry

Nanomanufacturing in 2012, Including Carbon Nanotubes in New Hampshire

The magazine, Technology Review, provided a colorful, short feature on a leading nanomanufacturing company, Nanocomp Technologies in its last issue (pages 80-83 for the print version). In the U.S. presidential election year of 2012, manufacturing will be a leading theme for economic policy debate, and high tech and intellectual property aspects of manufacturing will be a particular focal point … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech's Signature Initiatives: Solar, Nanomanufacturing, and Nanoelectronics are Good but where is Nano Biotechnology?

The NNI’s draft strategic plan is available now at www.nano.gov. One of the most interesting aspects of the report (about 40 pages) is the set of three "signature initiatives" near the end, which include: (1) Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion (2) Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future (3) Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond… Continue reading this entry