The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Pratt & Whitney (P&W) with a $12.7 million, 39-month contract in which the company will develop and demonstrate high-value turbine engine technology for use in the U.S. Navy and Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The advanced propulsion technologies will be based on the PW800 engine core, with its high specific thrust in a compact design. P&W expects to concentrate on high-temperature, lightweight material systems that can double propulsion system capability. For more information on the technology, visit P&W's website at www.pratt-whitney.com.
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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