For four days in May, the San Jose Center hosted Sensors Expo '98. An estimated 5,000 attendees scoured the booths of 250 exhibitors evaluating the latest in sensors, PLCs, computers, instruments, signal conditioners, and data acquisition equipment. Well-attended conference sessions focused on topics such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and biochemical sensing. And more than 70 companies announced new products or services. Here's a look at some of the best.
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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