Using SolidWorks design software, Aurora, IL-engineering firm The DiMonte Group has designed a voting machine that will enable handicapped citizens, including the blind, to vote. The machine, to be manufactured by AutoMARK, will be beta-tested in Phoenix during this year's presidential election, and will be commercially available in 2005. With a touch screen, brail keypad, audio, and "sip and puff" technology, the AutoMARK machine is designed to comply with new federal regulations that take effect in 2006 mandating that all precincts in the U.S. provide technology to enable the handicapped to vote unassisted.
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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