New drives can be set up with unlimited travel lengths
These drives are made for applications such as traveling gantries and columns, pick and place robots, and material handling systems. They come in metric pitches from module 1.0-16.0, with linear force capacities of up to 31,000 lb. They come with standard rack segment lengths up to 3m, but segments can be mounted end-to-end for unlimited travel lengths. They come in soft, induction-hardened, quenched and tempered and hardened and ground (AGMA 12) quality levels.
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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