Bobjengr, you've brought up a subject that I raised just a few minutes ago in a comment on the Gadget Freak story. I've never understaood why more women don't go into engineering. In 1988, an editor named Gail Robinson did a fantastic 10-page article for Design News about the reasons why women don't choose engineering (it was 10% at that time), and what was being done about it. The article mentioned lots of possible reasons -- lack of mentors, lack of parental encouragement at young ages, inadequate high school counseling, etc. But 26 years later, the number is still the same -- about 10%, as far as I know. High school girls do well in physics, so where is the disconnect and why?
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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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