ACS Motion Control's SPiiPlus 3U motion controller uses a distributed multi-processor architecture that runs on an onboard RTOS, offering a fixed 20 kHz servo update for every axis and guaranteed deterministic control. Like the rest of the SPiiPlus line, the 3U includes standard Ethernet and serial communications and hardware position compare and capture. It also comes with development tools, including a full software motion simulator and FRF analyzer. Options include integrated SIN-COS interpolators and Input Shaping. It is useful for semiconductor, FPD, biomedical and industrial automation equipment.
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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