Engineers already know firsthand that their jobs are being outsourced overseas, but wonder what President Bush is hearing for advice on what to do about it? The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report in January on information technology manufacturing and competitiveness, called "Sustaining the Nation's Innovation Ecosystems." The report details U.S. vulnerability in the innovation sector, and the emerging Asian strength in innovation due largely in part to government support. To read the report, go to this website: www.ostp.gov/pcast/FINALPCASTITManuf%20ReportPackage.pdf.
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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