Autodesk and Microsoft have formed an alliance to connect engineering data to enterprise re-source planning (ERP) systems. Specifically, Autodesk's engineering data management software will be integrated with Microsoft ERP products. This, the companies say, will remedy the data inconsistencies, poorly controlled engineering change processes, release delays, and manual data re-entry that they say characterize product development today. The target companies that the alliance hopes to serve are small and mid-size companies. The integration point for connecting the data will be Autodesk Vault.
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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