Brammo Motorsports is creating a new level of energy efficiency and emission reduction with the Enertia, a battery-powered, plug-in electric motorcycle. The scooter eliminates emissions completely, using batteries that help provide a top speed of more than 50 mph and a range of 45 miles. Six lithium-phosphate batteries are hidden in the chassis, which uses carbon fiber to keep weight down to 275 lb without sacrificing strength. The batteries, provided by Valence Technology, can be recharged in three hours even after a full discharge.
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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