Running a 500-hp air compressor can be costly. In one year, operations costs can exceed four times the initial price of the compressor. To combat that problem, Gardner Denver's Electra-Saver Two-Stage Rotary Screw Compressor employs the simplicity of a single-stage design in a two-stage package. It also uses a special power-saver system to introduce lubricant between stages, reducing oil introduction into the two compression stages and cooling inlet air temperature into the second stage by 50F. By reducing the impact of oil drag and heat, a more efficient compressor is created. Gardner Denver: Product Code 4186.
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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