Consulting and research firm, CIMdata, will hold the first of its one-day 2004 PLM vendor forum events on March 25, where industry insiders can discuss the growth of the PLM market, geographic and industry distributions, and leading suppliers in each market category. The forum will also address initiatives such as Digital Manufacturing, Service after Sales, and Portfolio Requirements. Other PLM vendor forums will take place in Europe and Tokyo in May. For more information, visit www.cimdata.com.
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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