Its good to see how fast LEDs are finding their way onto automotive lighting applications. Especially on the Dodge Dart, a much lower priced consumer segment compared to the first introduction on Audi.It was only a couple of years ago, that Audi introduced the bright white LEDs outlining the headlamps and touted it as industry leading innovation (which it was).Only 2 years later, many vehicles have the same feature, and now even seen low cost after-market products in the Wal-Mart automotive section to dress up your grill with an adhesive based strip wired into the running lights.I don't recall another accessory feature having as fast an adoption rate across so many consumer segments.
The designer was proud of teh fact teh LED taillaights were distinctive. They are, but. I would like to see a more practical and imaginative use of LEDs. Replace all light bulbs with LEDs. No more burnt out bulbs. This would be a real customer-engineer related advantage.
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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