Nice story, Chuck. I've seen this play out in my own life. I used to trade my cars in when they started closing in on 100,000 miles. Now I regularly drive them past 150,000. Cars are getting better.
When I was a kid, my dad bought a new car every three years. He kept the old one for my mom to do errands. So the oldest our cars ever got were three years and six years. Back then, that six-year-old car seemed ancient. The times have certainly changed.
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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