The recently created trade alliance, Environmentally Certified Electronic Resale Trade Alliance (E-Certa) has created a set of environmental solutions that include component conversion, testing, recycling and sourcing to help companies comply with the European Union's RoHS and WEEE directives. E-Certa was formed in 2005 by a five-company consortium that includes Kentek Electronics, YouPickYourPrice.com, Mil-Spec Components, New Way Technologies and Licensing and Earth for Humanities.
Among the services offered by E-Certa is the ability to convert semiconductors from leaded versions to RoHS-compliant lead-free versions. The company can also convert non-lead products to leaded versions for the exempt defense and aerospace industries. The conversion process relies on technology developed by New Way Technologies and Licensing. In addition, E-Certa provides testing services using XRF X-ray screening, and offers a range of due diligence compliance services.
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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