Chuck, I was one of those people asking why I needed a computer to store recipes. Storing recipes was the killer app PC makers were marketing to consumers in the early 80s via TV and magazine ads, when there were about 20 different models with 20 different OS. They gave no other possible reason for owning one. Of course, the whole thing sounded absurd. That was a long time before Apple or Intel Inside and the rise of consumer-oriented marketing in Silly Valley.
Many people thought the personal computer was a gimmick, Rob. I remember people saying, "I don't need a computer to store recipes." For some reason, people talked a lot about recipe storage in those early years.
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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