At first glance I thought this meant safety due to plastics as a material--I guess since that's my bias--instead of the equipment used to produce them or products made from them. Interesting that one of these standards involves the use of robots with injection molding machinery. The establishment of new standards, somewhat like laws, can tell us about larger trends. I didn't realize robots had gotten this prominent in IM.
Ann, it's interesting, isn't it. New standards were developed because advances in technology changed the game. I think we're going to see a lot of standards entities struggling to keep up with technology advances.
Yes, Rob, I've noticed that's usually how it works. By the time a new standard needs to be made, whatever it's defining has reached a certain critical mass. While the semiconductor industry is hardly representative of the way other technology industries work, there are some things in common and that's one of them.
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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