What do users want from their rapid prototyping systems? More speed is a given for a technology with "rapid" in its name. Users also want systems to cost less, especially those entry-level modelers used to evaluate design concepts. And they want better high-end systems better in terms of dimensional accuracy and material choices. The latest offerings from Stratasys Inc. cover all these bases. For example, the new release of the company's Vantage fused deposition modeling system, features resolution increases and offers users the ability to run any three of the five polymeric build materials that FDM supports (see http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-511). And the company has recently come out with other improved systems. One improves the capabilities of a fast office modeler. Another offers unprecedented metal-part capabilities. And a third system, this one from the company's Dimension 3D Printing Group, reaches new lows when it comes to price.
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Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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