The company's newest single-axis controller/driver, designed for lower-cost network support, has communications options such as RS232, RS465, CAN and Ethernet. It allows CAN-using devices to work at the same time with a supervisory network that uses RS232, RS485 or Ethernet. It works well with the company's NEMA 17 and NEMA 23 frame I-Grade step motor/encoders. It comes with breakouts for power, communications and I/O. Its closed loop control (servo) of a stepmotor offers all the accuracy of a traditional servomotor, with better torque for applications up to 2,000 rpm. It works with only one cable for motor and encoder signals, and functions well on lines up to 50 ft. It comes with 12-48V dc input power, built-in voltage clamp and power resistor, four analog inputs, electronic gearing and camming, SSI encoder interface and many other features.
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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