The latest series of elastomers from Teknor Apex lowers the hardness of thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) to a range normally occupied by styrenic block copolymers and other non-crosslinked thermoplastic elastomers. The company's Uniprene 2000 Series comes in durometers of 15, 25, and 35 Shore A, while earlier TPV grades typically bottomed out at 45 Shore A. Though soft, the new Uniprene series has been formulated to preserve some traditional advantages of TPVs, including elevated temperature performance, chemical resistance, and good compression set. For more information, visit www.teknorapex.com.
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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