Here’s a freebie for PTC users looking a taste of finite element analysis (FEA). Algor has released Algor DesignCheck, a first-pass, integrated simulation tool for Pro/Engineer users. Algor DesignCheck is a free, time-limited FEA package that lets engineers perform linear static stress analysis of single-part CAD models. The package’s FEMPRO user interface offers direct CAD/CAE data exchange and full associativity with most CAD solid modelers. Simulation capabilities include linear dynamics, fatigue, CFD, electrostatis, full multiphysics and piping. If Pro/Engineer like what they see, there’s an upgrade path to convert the free Algor license into one that supports full assemblies.
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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