M-Systems FlashDisc (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-548). The decline of floppy diskettes and broad acceptance of USB Flash drives led M-System's engineers to define a new Flash-based storage category. FlashDisc's 16 to 32 megabytes of Flash memory translates into 15 to 30 min of music, 40 to 80 photos, 10 to 20 presentations, or 400 to 800 documents. To meet the cost target for a diskette replacement, the unit has a USB connector made of plastic, rather than metal. The Flash memory is similar to that used in USB Flash drives and memory cards, ensuring tens of thousands of read and save operations.
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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