We've all heard that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but in her hip? Yes. University of Alabama physics professor Yogesh Vohra used a chemical vapor-deposition process to bond diamond particles onto a metal surface, which creates a smooth coating that is resistant to wear. Those properties make it a candidate for use in artificial hip bones. The diamond film has a hardness value of about 80% of that of a perfect crystalline diamond. Vohra received a patent for the process and uses thereof. For more information, call (205) 934-6662.
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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