I know, the idea of a road show is intriguing. It's not exactly like sensors and controls command the star-power of rock stars or political celebrities. What kind of exposure or real glimpse into their automation technologies are they hoping to accomplish? And is this the best way to spread the word to manufacturers--albeit, I do recall seeing a similar tractor trailer zipping by on the highway touting a big Siemens Medical logo. More of the same, maybe?
I wonder what type of stops it's going to make? Will this be a series of very elaborate customer calls, or will there be a public and educational aspect to the roadshow? Universities? State fairs?
Siemens has become increasingly visible in recent years with a wide range of promotional efforts that spill over into the consumer advertising space. Is this another promotion that goes beyond direct customers to reach the greater public?
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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