Ten years ago, inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen launched the first FIRST Robotics Competition with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. This year, over 800 teams nationwide will participate in over 20 regional events and a national championship event in Houston, TX in April. The kickoff event for 2003 was held on January 4, where participants learned details on the game rules and strategies for this year. Stay tuned for more details as the competition gets underway.
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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