The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, an industry-wide ban restricting six substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in Europe scheduled to take effect in 2006, will surely confuse and frustrate OEMs and contract manufacturers. Arrow Electronics is aiding those affected by the legislation by helping companies determine if their products, are compliant with RoHS. Arrow will help companies facilitate the identification of alternative lead-free parts to use in their products as well as send email announcements regarding the lead-free status of parts. For more information about Arrow Electronics, visit www.arrow.com. To see a copy of the RoHS legislation, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3853-514.
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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