Power Trip for Mobile
phones, PDAs, digital cameras and a host of other consumer products are seeing
phenomenal growth, fueled by the constant addition of functions that create more
excitement in the marketplace. But for engineers, this increase in features
poses a big challenge: how to do more while also extending battery life.
is one of the hottest aspects of design today. It s important in everything
from autos to testing equipment and more. Prolonging battery life is at the
heart of power management today, and that often includes controlling heat,
controlling refresh rates, shutting down functions when they arent needed, and
judicious component selection. Indeed, managing power consumption entails
critical thinking about nearly every component in the system, from controllers
to displays to power converters, as well as software.
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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