A molded lighting technology from Lumitex provides uniform, high-efficiency, low-cost backlighting. Designed for use with standard LCD modules as well as chip-on-glass or "tab" driven LCDs, it is designed for high volume applications where power, brightness, and cost are prime considerations. The panel design features a transition area and custom LEDs, which spread the light uniformly across the active area. Panels as large as 3.5 x 5.0 inches may be uniformly backlit with as few as 5 LEDs.
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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