It's heartening to hear how technology advances in both materials and 3D print techology can be tapped to improve the recovery time and quaiity of life for our veterans. As the technology continues to come down in price and as new materials and 3D modeling capabilities advance in accessibility and sophistication, we should be seeing a lot more activity on this front.
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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