An advanced project funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (http://rbi.ims.ca/3844-536) aims to create ASICs using printers and organic substrates. If the work being done by Motorola, Dow, and Xerox, pays off, large area devices will be printed onto polymers, making it possible to create an active matrix LCD. The $15 million research project is targeting cost goals of $20 to $500 per square meter.
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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