With their extra jolt of heat, lead-free solder processes can be tough on the engineering plastics used to make connector housings. DSM Engineering Plastics, whose Stanyl nylon 46 resins go into many types of connectors, recently undertook an extensive design of experiments to identify the processing profiles that minimize temperature effects such as "blistering." For more information, go to www.dsmep.com.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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