I hope they do a better job this time around. I used to be a mechanic and have seen countless cars with Timing Gear knock caused by the excessive wear on the plastic coated gears (GM), cracked intake plenums (Ford), Radiator cracks and leaks (Chrysler), etc. Also, GM introduced plastic in the transmissions of some of their cars in the late 70s early 80s that consistently blew apart.
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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