Excellent posts Keith. I DO remember the punch cards. The university I attended had a "punch-card / computer system" and we all thought it was absolutely star wars. Little did we know the technology that was to come. I learned programming using Pascal, which I understand is the "teaching" language. That's really when I determined mechanical engineering was right for me and not the programming profession. You have to have the patience of Job to be a programmer and there are probably no type "A" individuals that could stand to be involved with this area. I think it's a fascinating profession and occasionally I write a few C ++ programs to prove I can still do 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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