Baldor Electric Co. now offers a motion control programming language for use with the company's vector drive products, servo products, and new linear motion products. Called "MINT," the new language will program the company's entire line of single- to 256-axis motion products. MINT motion controllers can position 500-hp vector drives, mini brushless servo drives, ac induction servo drives, dual-axis linear stepper motors, and a variety of other products. Baldor Electric. Product Code 4366 (P)
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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