CADPath software is for turning part CAD files into MeasureMax(TM) inspection programs. Other CAD-based inspection programs use wire-frame views which can create problems because they don't show surface detail. CADPath takes IGES input and, using an STL file, brings detailed, solid-type rendering to the graphical interface for direct on-line programming. The software also avoids probe collisions because it automatically optimizes the probe path and does complete path planning.
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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