The softest thermoplastic elastomers—those measured on the Shore 00 scale—haven't traditionally been easy to turn into finished products. Now GLS Corporation (www.glscorp.com) has come up with the Versaflex CL2003, which features hardness of just 30 Shore 00. Yet the material, which comes as free-flowing pellets, can be injection molded into finished components or overmolded onto other substrates. Samples of the material exhibit both a water-clear complexion and a non-oily feel.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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