MagneTek's microsize GPD 205 adjustable frequency drives are now available in 460V ac models. The new models come in four incremental ratings from 0.5 to 3 hp. Although only a fraction of the size of conventional PWM drives, the GPD 205 is said to be useful for sophisticated equipment control in applications that include fans, pumps, mixers, agitators, compressors, conveyors, commercial laundry, and material-handling installations. The drive's 16-bit microprocessor provides the flexibility, features, and performance for a wide range of operational requirements. It installs and programs easily, has the versatility to adapt to simple or complex applications, and is UL-listed, CSA-approved, and CE-marked. MagneTek Drives & Systems. Product Code 4361
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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