Flowserve recently developed a new valve—at the request of the NASA Stennis Space Center near Bay Saint Louis, MS—that may reach beyond aerospace applications to the industrial gas industry, including markets like upstream oil and gas, and steel. The company built a split-body valve for NASA, designed to simplify installation and maintenance, enable trim size changes, and reduce inventory needs. Measuring 25.5 inches and remaining leak-free at 11,250 psig, the valve will be used at the space center for transfer-line isolation and tank venting. For more information on the new valve, go to www.flowserve.com.
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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