Originally made for ceramic fiberboards and other ceramic-based materials in heaters, ovens and furnaces in the automotive, electronics and plastics industries, this single-part, water-dispersed, ceramic-silicone sealant is now used for sealing high-temperature motor windings. It has moisture resistance and dielectric properties to 1100F (593C). Applied by brush, roller or spray equipment, it has a viscosity of 600-1,200 cps. It can dry in less than an hour at room temperature and cure fully at 450F in 30-60 minutes. It has a solids content of 40 percent and a theoretical coverage rate of 535 ft2 per gallon at 1 mil. It has no volatile organic compounds, is non-flammable and environmentally safe. It comes from stock in pint, quart, and gallon containers.
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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