Network to link top nanotech labs
Features 1/20/2004 Post a comment The National Science Foundation has created a network of 13 universities with well-established nanotechnology research programs, aiming to help them develop materials, manufacturing techniques and educational materials that will advance state of the art in the field.
Flexible and rigid plastics join forces-inside a blow mold
Features 1/20/2004 Post a comment Hybrid injection molding technology, which joins metal and plastic inside the mold to produce structural components that offer the best of both materials, has been around for more than a dozen years now. But Bayer Polymers, a pioneer in this technology, has now come up with a brand new kind of hybrid based on extrusion blow molding.
MEMS' Fantastic Voyages
Features 1/12/2004 Post a comment Micro electromechanical devices have come a long way since they were simply researchers' toys. And the software for designing and analyzing them has come a long way, too.
More 'Power' for the Parking Project
Features 1/6/2004 Post a comment How do you deal with a CAD model that has 500,000 components, and when you open the file it consumes 3.7G bytes of memory? Beefing up your computing power to a 64-bit workstation is one solution, as engineers at EPAQ CARE Solutions learned when they designed an 11-story, 470 bay, fully automated parking garage.
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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