The home was built as part of the U.S. Dept. of Energys Solar Decathlon in which 20 university-led teams from across the U.S., Canada, Spain and Germany competed to design, build and operate the most efficient and attractive solar-powered homes. Siemens contributed technology, as well as volunteers, to provide the engineering support to help students from Kansas connect and control the solar power, heating, ventilation, lights and other systems into an integrated system.
The Kansas Project home utilizes sensors that gauge ambient light and turn off light fixtures automatically when theyre not needed. The home also features recycled and reclaimed building materials, including wood from a barn that volunteers tore down themselves.
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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