This encoder is made for harsh environments, with a temperature of operation of -60 to 150C, immunity to lightning, high-voltage static and plasma fields, and resistance to radiation. It outdistances copper encoder links by up to 1,000m, and is safe and ATEX compliant. With the MR310 Remote Encoder Interface Module, it has quadrature outputs, a quadrature multiplier/divider, 24-bit absolute multiturn encoder emulation mode, a RS232/RS422 serial interface, and two programmable analog outputs (4-20 mA and +/-10V). The engineering evaluation kit, including the MR314 and MR310 costs $3,495, and it costs as low as $2,500 in larger quantities.
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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