Motor Coach Industries (MCI) of Schaumburg, IL, finished a 54-day cross-country eco-journey that covered 8,600 miles and visited 26 U.S. cities, six national parks and six Native American communities. The bus builder teamed with Vermont’s Lamoille Valley Transportation and took 13 scholars from the Udall Foundation on a promotional tour to show off “green” transportation.
The students rode in an MCI J4500 LX motor coach equipped with a 2007 clean-diesel Caterpillar engine fueled with a 20-percent biodiesel, 80 percent ultra-low sulfur diesel blend. The bus also featured tools that monitored its emissions levels. Those who traveled on the bus posted video blogs about the journey on its website: Udall.gov. The American Bus Assn. claims even using conventional fuels, fully occupied motor coaches use less energy per passenger mile than planes, trains or cars.
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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