Design News and igus® Inc. have developed the manus plastic plain bearings design contest. The contest—named 'manus' to highlight courage and initiative in breaking new ground in bearing technology—aims to promote new and atypical ways that design engineers have made use of plastic bearings in their applications. Winners will be awarded cash prizes of up to $5,000 and announced at the National Design Engineering Show (NDES) in Chicago, held February 23-26, 2004. Applications are due January 31, 2004. For more information, go to www.designnews.com/manus.
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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