Despite the tough economic conditions, the powder metallurgy industry in North America grew last year, according to figures released by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (www.mpiF.org) during its annual conference in Las Vegas. Iron powder shipments, an important indicator of how the industry is faring, increased by 12.4% in 2002 to 434,298 short tons. Of this amount, powder metal parts represented 408,236 short tons for a 13% increase.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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