Beth, as you note, it was a potentially dangerous situation. It could also have been expensive for the Air Force. That equipment is very expensive and complex. Finding issues with it would have been costly.
It is interesting how construction problems come up in almost any project. Even though the contractors work to code, there are often problems like those discussed here. Perhaps there needs to be some sort of acceptance testing defined.
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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