Cadkey will soon join TurboCAD and Design CAD as a member of the International Microcomputer Software, Inc. (IMSI®) family (www.imsisoft.com). IMSI has agreed to buy all the assets of Cadkey, enabling Cadkey to pay the debt incurred from an adverse legal judgment against it. The courts found Cadkey guilty of breach of contract and copyright infringement in a suit filed by HLB Technologies, Inc. An appeals court reversed the patent infringement finding but affirmed a breach of contract claim, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Cadkey will continue to develop its products under IMSI ownership. In fact, the company has just released version 21.5 of its flagship product. It includes several enhancements to boost performance and robustness, says President Robert Bean. He says display performance is two to three times faster than previous editions, layout is five times faster, and printing performance is 2.5 times faster. "This acquisition will actually open up more R&D funding for the product," Bean says.
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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