Anyone who presoaks laundry knows the problem. You fill the washer with clothes, laundry and soap - with the intention of starting the laundry after 20 minutes of soaking. Two days later you remember it's in there. Jitendra Tailor decided to solve this problem for once and all with an automated presoak system. With Tailor's gadget, you only have to cut one wire in the washing machine - the one that goes from the lid switch to the pull on/push off module. Attach the gadget and presto, no more forgetting about your laundry.
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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