Many times we find that our designs are used in areas we never considered. That is one reason we need to do careful documentation. And another reason we appreciate the Design Ideas from EDN and Electronic Engineering magazines. It is great to pull out a schamatic we did years ago and recycle the parts we need for current applications. Often I take a servo board I used in my Eyetracker and apply it to other devices that use a closed-loop servo system. Time saved is money earned...
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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