While the Razor scooter is built for kids, the BMW SlideCarver is made for stylish cruisin' for adults (and kids with high standards). A three-wheeled scooter, it has 5 Series Sedan pendulum support in the aluminum chassis, and steering both in the front and back for pivot-point turning. And riders may maintain full control while shifting weight and changing direction. A sister product design of the StreetCarver skateboard, the SlideCarver is priced at $695 and has a patented folding mechanism that allows it to be stored easily in a trunk. To check it out, go to www.bmw-online.com.
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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