A group proposing the "Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power" learned that it has made the first cut in its bid for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF called on the group's members—including the University of Minnesota, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, the University of Illinois, Vanderbilt University, and the National Fluid Power Association, among others—to submit a final proposal for the center by mid-June. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4389-516.
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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