My fascinating visit to the Welland Canal on an overcast day in early November turned into a winner of a repowering story. The public cannot access the areas I did, so browse through my photos below for a look at ships squeezing through locks with less than a foot to spare on either side and close-up shots of Taintor valves, which fill and drain the locks with no pumps required. And be sure to check out video footage from my day at the canal.
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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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