Savage (www.savagearm.com) has introduced the AccuTrigger™, with trigger pulls adjustable from about 2.5 to 6 lbs in most 2004 centerfire hunting models and adjustable from about 1.5 to 6 lbs in the 12 Series Varmint and Law Enforcement Series. Most triggers today have heavy pulls to prevent accidental discharge; AccuTrigger allows shooters to set the trigger pull to their preference without paying a visit to a gunsmith. It also features AccuRelease™, which must be completely depressed to allow the rifle to discharge.
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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