US Digital's latest encoder interface device
is the QSB (Quadrature to USB) adapter. Encoder verification is made easy
with the QSB, which allows easy interface of standard quadrature encoder
signals into a PC USB port. Single ended (QSB-S) or differential (QSB-D)
encoder versions are available. The QSB-M version supports single ended
encoder input, digital I/O and step/direction motion control output. Each QSB
comes with full featured demonstration software and source code at no
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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