Sensors don't just make vehicles more comfortable. Banner Engineering's racing Pontiac GXP.R puts a customized Banner long-range optical sensor on each corner of the car's front end to measure its downforce, the downward pressure that makes the car hug the track. The greater the downforce, the faster the car can go through curves and turns. During practice runs, the car collects a stream of data about the changing distance between the car's front end and the track. Crews then modify the car's tires and suspension to fit the track's combination of curves and straights.
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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