FO2, FO3, and FO4 Flat 1(reg) models are double-acting, single-end rod cylinders with stainless-steel bodies that multiply the force output by supplying air to multiple pistons on extension. The cylinders allow the user to double, triple, or quadruple their force. Only one piston is powered on the return stroke, saving air volume and operating costs. The FO2, FO3, and FO4 are available in three bore sizes (2 1/2, 3, and 4 inches), and standard options include fluroelastomer and low-friction seals, Magnalube(reg) G, front- and rear-port positioning, and rod wiper.
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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