I enjoyed this article - I really like these types of fasteners and would love to see them in more designs. My laptop was acting cranky the other day and when I examined the bottom I could see lots of dust lodging in the fan grill. I decided to take the bottom panel off to blow it out and it was such a delight when I discovered it had captive panel screws. I kept telling hubby how cool they were as I unscrewed each one and didn't have to worry about chasing small bits of hardware!
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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