Altair Engineering (www.altair.com) and Ansoft Corporation (www.ansoft.com) have announced that the former's HarnessLink® wiring harness and system-design tools will be integrated with the latter's SIMPLORER® simulation software. The companies say that coupling will give automotive, aerospace, and marine manufacturers a complete design environment for electrical distribution systems. Among the promised benefits: shorter simulation time and earlier detection of problems. HarnessLink manages product options and harness variables. SIMPLORER analyzes electrical performance, heating of wires, and overall system analysis.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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