› Beckhoff staunchly defended its concept of PC-based control and stands resolute in its drive to deliver all the necessary components its customers need to realize this genre of automation practice. Beckhoff's mainstay in intellectual property is its TwinCAT software, but its newest foray into hardware development focuses on new servo drives which it says are optimized for EtherCAT performance. The two-channel drives will allow its customers to connect a greater variety of servomotors into Beckhoff-based automation systems.
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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