I've been writing about engineering materials for more than 30 years, mostly steel and plastics. I covered the steel industry for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the mid-1970s, and covered plastics technology as chief editor of Plastics World and as a senior editor at McGraw-Hill's Modern Plastics. I'm a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and have been responsible for materials and assembly coverage at Design News for the past four years. Drop me a line at email@example.com.
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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