Turner Sports highlights the audible noise generated by NASCAR racers, but it can ignore the electronic noise created in the pits. A mobile production rig, debuted this spring, uses wireless technology from Omnex Control Systems to gather data for live webcasts from the 20 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races. The Omnex Trusted Wireless radio uses proprietary frequency hopping spread spectrum in many industrial environments with far higher noise levels. The truck, also equipped to be the production center for TNTs pre-race show, features a retractable stage that can rotate 360-degrees and be raised up to 26 ft high.
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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