When it comes to operating systems used by engineering departments, Windows NT/2000 rules. In a recent Design News survey, 78% of the respondents said they currently use the operating system and 8% more said they plan to use it in the future. One-third of respondents said they use UNIX and its derivatives. Though only 2% report using a MAC OS, that may be changing with the advent of more applications for MAC OS X. Just 1% of engineers said they use OS/2. Once a preferred OS by the techies, it fell out of favor once IBM chose to stop supporting it.
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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