The new SIMATIC® Microbox 420-T industrial PC from Siemens Energy & Automation is designed to handle both PLC and motion control tasks. Powered by the company’s Simatic® WinAC RTX software, the controller provides dynamic motion control and an isochronous Profibus DP interface. PLCopen-compliant motion control blocks are used to program curve synchronization, print-mark correction, path-dependent or time dependent cam control, and position controlled hydraulic axes. A Step 7 technology option (Version 3.0) supports configuration and parameterization of up to 64 technology objects, assembled from up to 32 axes, 32 cam plates, 32 cams, 16 probes or 16 external sensors.
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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