While motor manufactures give their sizing software away, users can only access the particular vendor's products. This company instead sells motor sizing software that returns motor recommendations from a bank of multiple manufacturers. Engineers wishing to evaluate the software can use a
trial version which includes everything but the manufacturers' data. Motion control engineers using VisualSizer input their system characteristics to the software and define a duty cycle, then let the program churn out appropriate motor/drive combinations from as many as 3,600 possible options. To download a trial version, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4911-515.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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