Objective Force Warrior is a new program initiated by the U.S. military forces. One of the program's primary goals is development of high-tech tools for soldiers to use on the battlefield. "With Objective Force Warrior, the Army wants to stretch the bounds of technology, but still have something that is feasible and can be built," says George Fisher of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Concept teams at the lab include engineers, biologists, and writers. Technologies under consideration for inclusion in new soldier gear include better communication devices, advanced situational awareness software, chemical and biological detection and protection systems, and advanced weapons. For more information, go to www.ornl.gov.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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