The Medical Devices Manufacturers Association website, located at http:// www.medicaldevices.org , represents its members'collective interests before Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal agencies that develop or implement policies that affect the medical device industry. The site features the association's public policy agenda for the year, a comprehensive list of links to other medical device sites, and a members-only section including a bi-weekly newsletter and a regulatory roundup. Users can sign up online to become members.
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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