Honda Motor Co. will soon launch a less expensive hybrid car to encourage more people around the world to adopt cleaner automotive technology and reduce car emissions. The newly designed model will be a compact five-door, five-passenger size with an exterior design that employs the concept of the FCX Clarity, Hondas fuel cell car. The model will go on sale early next year and Honda expects to sell 200,000 units globally each year. With the addition of the new low-cost model, Honda hopes to reach 500,000 in annual sales of hybrids.
To keep the sale price down, Honda has significantly reduced production costs of the new model. The battery will be lighter and more compact, the motor will be thinner and Honda has repositioned the hybrid control unit and battery to a location under the cargo space.
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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