Chevy Volt Tech Watch: Regenerative Braking
News 11/11/2011 29 comments When you either lift your foot from the accelerator or press on the brake pedal in the Chevy Volt, the main drive motor temporarily operates as a generator, working to partially recharge the battery bank.
Retooling for Compliance
News 11/10/2011 5 comments Manufacturers are turning to PLM platforms and new supplier management processes to keep pace with the shifting compliance landscape and the need to manage more granular data.
Downsized MEMS Aim at Lab-on-a-Chip
News 11/7/2011 2 comments A new glass etching technique could lead to better microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) systems and faster, more reliable optical micro-gyroscopes and other apps.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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