Bimba reports that many engineers are now taking advantage of a new CAD capability on its website at www.bimba.com. Starting with a database of native CAD files, users can parametrically generate drawings of numerous cylinder types on the fly, customizing parameters such as stroke length and rod extension to 1/1000th of an inch. The benefit: Quicker turnaround times for CAD models.
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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