RENCO Encoders of Goleta, CA, has announced the addition of a new 3-D feature to their website. Now customers can log on to the RENCO homepage (www.renco.com) and view various different encoders from all sides. Viewers can also download 3-D or 2-D versions of an encoder in different CAD and graphic formats. The website enables viewers to make their own encoder by selecting parts available in the catalog and creating a 3-D model of their specific design that can be rotated, zoomed, and viewed on screen. Users may also obtain price and delivery information by submitting their particular specifications for an RFQ.
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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