According to an article in The Boston Globe, the Bay State is heading for more than 4,000 patents awarded in 2003, and inventing more than other high-tech states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. Taken from the "Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy", published by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the study chronicles the number of patents awarded per 100,000 residents. The majority of the state's patented innovations are related to biotechnology, medical devices, computer networking, and telecommunications, with only a few inventions available commercially.
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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