ThinkPads are built from up to 30 percent post-consumer content and the company
is using water jugs and used IT equipment to manufacture its LCD covers, palm
rests and cases. Lenovo notes it has used 42 million gross pounds of
post-consumer content in its Think products since 2005.
As part of the company's lifecycle design process, the laptops
also meet Energy Star 5.0 for high energy efficiency and are rated EPEAT Gold
in the U.S. for their environmental attributes. The 2010 laptops are 40 percent
more energy efficient than previous Thinkpad laptops, and are shipped in
100-percent recycled packaging that can be tossed into a recycling bin.
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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