Hanover, Germany--Continental Teves' 30-Meter Car Project
is not a stretched VW but a design effort to develop a car that can stop within
30m (98 ft)-about a 20% improvement-from a speed of 100 km/hr (62 mph) while not
adversely affecting other characteristics. This has now been demonstrated on a
specially equipped VW Golf. Part of the electronic strategy of highly
integrating systems on the 30-Meter Car is controlling brake damping in
proportion to the applied pedal force. Systems included on the car are
electrohydraulic brakes, air suspension and adjustable shock absorbers, tires
with optimized footprints, and force measuring sensors. Future work could have
the brake systems "talk" to the steering to optimize braking in turns.
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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