APEM recently introduced its MT Series of toggle switches. The new environmentally sealed switch functions as a rocker or rotary switch. The switch is IP68 rated and is available in two or three positions.
The MT series toggle switches feature silver- or gold-plated brass contacts and an 11/16 threaded bushing. The switches also feature a rating of 3A at 250V AC or 6A at 125V AC for an expected 50,000 cycles over their life and 0.4 VA at 20V DC for an expected 100,000 cycles over their life.
Applications include portable handheld devices such as radio remote controls. The switches are suitable for medical, security, marine, military, transportation and agricultural industries. The MT series switches come in either a standard chrome finish or a matte black finish. Pricing is not defined yet but will be approximately $20 per switch at item one.
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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