Like a tadpole losing its tail, the Aquastrada Delta amphibious vehicle
cruises the shore, then climbs up onto it. Created by a team of engineers in
Carmel, CA, the vehicle achieves top speeds of 100 mph on the road and 45 mph on
water, says chief designer Gary Gere. With a 139-inch wheelbase, the 18-foot,
2,830-pound Delta is no minnow.
Aquastrada International Corp. is patenting or has patented many aspects of the vehicle design, and will display it at the New York International Boat Show this month. Look for production models in 1997. The price: $150,000.
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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