You don't usually see robots running in the middle of a trade-show floor without
some sort of physical guarding to protect the innocent passerby from a robotic
beat down. But here at the Assembly Technology Expo, Pilz demonstrated it's
"Safety Eye" system, which uses a 3D vision system to create a protective
barrier around the robot. When a person enters the system's outer protective
zone, the robot slows down. Get closer and enter the inner zone, and the robot
stops entirely. No guarding required.
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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