I'm certain the presentation will be interesting and I plan to attend.The subject is one to which I deeply subscribe; that being that anyone who uses a product, from the early adopters, to the retail salesperson, and even the factory assembly personnel – everybody ---has an opinion of the product, and many of those opinions can be very useful when it comes time to put the next generation product into design.Additionally, many non-technical users deem it an honor when their opinion is sought on a product's performance and are more than happy to elaborate, given the opportunity to do so.
Beth, there have been articles and webinars regarding PLM in Design News before. They were very enlightening. I am working with a number of smaller firms and start-ups and am really interested to see how these technologies apply at a smaller scale.
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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