The company's line of high-resolution, low-cost linear stages is designed to feature long life without the need for adjustment, lubricant or maintenance. The 1.0 micron stages to 8 ft long are ideal for a variety of applications, including pick-and-place, parts transfer, water jet cutting, laser cutting and etching, inspection, testing, packaging and assembly. They are designed for loads up to 100 lbs and speeds to 30 inches/sec.
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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