Thirty-six Clovis, CA families joined together in a group-based purchase of solar power for their homes. By joining together to hire SolarCity, the group saved 20 percent of the cost of converting a single residence. The group will collectively offset 4.3 million lb of carbon over the next 30 years the equivalent of 4,536 barrels of oil, according to SolarCity. SolarCity has operated 14 of these collective programs in California. By forming this collective, were gaining enough leverage to really lower barrier of entry for solar conversion, making it finally affordable to invest in systems large enough to pay for our electric bills and significantly increase property values, says Wellman Shew, a Clovis resident who helped lead the program.
A Clovis, CA home that has been converted to solar power.
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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