Anyone can drop a roast or spare ribs into a commercial meat
smoker, but Peter Rauch decided to create an electronically controlled smoker
that uses a programmable controller, touch-screen human-machine interface, and
a network connection. Not only will this high-tech smoker control its
temperature, it also monitors meat temperature and can hold it at that
temperature until you're ready for a feast. The design includes a Web server
for remote control and text-message alarms. As they say in German,
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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