Festo Corp. has introduced the "FAST" shipping program, in which same-day shipment of stock pneumatic products is promised. Also available is three-day shipment of custom-configured products, including actuators, valves, valve manifolds, air preparation units, and accessories. The company says it will reimburse the shipping charges for orders that do not meet the FAST lead times. To learn more about the FAST program, visit http://rbi.us.ca/3850-547.
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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