DesignSuite is an Internet-based library database of 3D models and detailed specifications of more than 100,000 mechanical components that engineers can use in product design. The first product to be developed by InPart Inc., DesignSuite reportedly lets engineers find component data and download a 3D model of gears, motors, and other parts to their own CAD systems. InPart says such a capability has never been available before. Parker Hannifin, Aeroquip, The Torrington Company, and Thomson Industries are among manufacturers whose products are included. InPart: Product Code 4264
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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