Precision measurement and control equipment includes linear and rotary encoders, CNC controls, digital readout systems, and digital height gages. New models of these product types include the Manual Plus M lathe digital turning control which is equipped with an integrated drive package for controlling two axis plus spindle. New gages include the ST 12 incremental length gage from the company's SPECTO program and the MT 1201 and MT 2501 length gages from its METRO program. Sealed and exposed incremental linear scales are also available.
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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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