The latest directory from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) makes powder metallurgy players a bit easier to find. The 2003 PM2 Buyers Guide lists the manufacturing, materials, and product capabilities of 147 suppliers of powder metallurgy components and subassemblies. And the 2003 PM2 Suppliers directory lists 163 companies and organizations that produce the various metal feedstocks, make process equipment, and provide powder metallurgy services. Copies of the directory are available from the MPIF. Visit www.mpif.org.
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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