Ford Motor Co., Detroit, and DERA have formed Holographic Imaging, a joint venture to accelerate vehicle design. DERA, originally a U.K. defense research agency, has developed advanced 3D imaging technology to be used by Ford to create full-scale virtual digital models of prototype vehicles. Savings will come from reduced reliance on hard models, redesigning features in real time, and holding multiple design reviews simultaneously. For example, an instrument panel can be viewed in full scale from behind the wheel or the passenger seat to get customer feedback months before a physical mock-up could be built. Both Ford and DERA will retain equal stakes in the new company, which will be based in the U.S. Contact: Tom Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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