Hyperion is a solar powered robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that is helping NASA simulate space exploration over extended periods of time. The robot's tasks include determining its position and orientation to the sun, navigating itself into position for capturing enough sunlight to power itself, and conducting scientific experiments. On Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, the robot will maintain a sun-synchronous position. The concept is important to long-term space exploration of distant planets and moons. For more information, go to www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/sunsync.
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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