According to a recent study by the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), the U.S. economy will experience robust growth of about 70 percent through 2030 even as it adopts policies to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The study concludes that U.S. GDP will grow 70 to 71 percent through 2030, assuming the adoption of climate legislation similar to the Blueprint for Legislative Action, USCAP's set of recommendations for climate policy. In the absence of climate policy, U.S. GDP would grow at virtually the same rate — 71 to 72 percent - through 2030. The USCAP analysis was conducted using two economic models similar to those employed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Information Agency in their review of climate legislation. Read the full report.
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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