MiniTec(reg) extrusion is for framing with a high strength-to-weight ratio. The 45 X 45 mm UL-style extrusion is for general engineered structures where weight must be minimized. MiniTec modular aluminum framing is used for custom construction. Applications include guards, enclosures, fixtures, workstations, machine bases, and frames. The MiniTec system uses an 8.2-mm T-slot, and the shape of the slot accepts standard 1/4-20 square nuts. Standard finish is 206 R1 clear hard anodize.
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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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