Designed for operation in confined spaces, Festo's MH1 Miniature Valves are only 10 mm wide. The 2/2-way or 3/2-way versions are compatible with the range of Festo compact cylinders, rotary actuators and slides. With up to 24 solenoids mounted on a manifold, the connections could get complicated. Festo engineers used a sub-D connector to have a compact, clean-looking valve assembly and to avoid exposed wires. The connector is part of a design option that provides protection to EN 60529. The fast-switching (4 msec response time) valves target light assembly, medical technology, semiconductor and process industries.
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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