My limited experience with graphical programming is that of using LabView for a test set that a customer requested, rather than my usual programming language of choice. I am not a big fan of graphical programming although I know a lot of folks are - I do get concerned because I think that "you can focus on engineering/design concepts, instead of teaching a programming language" may be a good start for getting young people interested - but if you don't learn a programming language, you sacrifice the ability to have low level control when you need it.
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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