Auto supplier Johnson Controls has unveiled a number of environmentally friendly innovations and new materials in a concept hybrid car. The car has a plug-in hybrid battery in the trunk that provides for low-emission operation.
The car also includes new substrate materials processed from natural fibers to replace interior plastic. The front seat structures are constructed of lightweight materials designed to lighten the total weight of the car. The car is made of aluminum and steel that are combined using special welding processes to further reduce weight and improve mileage.
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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