This new machine is built to complete finishing cycles up to 30 times faster than rotary barrels and 15-25 times faster than vibratory. Its new geared drive runs more quietly and needs less maintenance. The machines uses four barrels spaced evenly on a heavy-duty turret. The series' models all come in standard or figure-8 design, in manual and automatic operation. They can be customized with variable speed for infinite process control, separation, removable "hot pour" linings and compartmentalized barrels. Free sample processing is available.
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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