air cylinders now vie with their stainless-steel counterparts for extended
cycle life in hostile environments. Fabco-Air Inc. offers proprietary coatings for
their aluminum pneumatic product lines, providing a cost-effective alternative
to stainless steel. This white paper
documents rigorous life-cycle testing that shows coated aluminum products are
well-protected against the effects of harsh environments. For a fraction of the cost of 303 or 304
stainless air cylinders, Fabco can deliver corrosion-resistant aluminum products
from any of its product lines within 14-20 days.
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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