Two heads are better than one, according to FE-Design and Noesis Solutions, two European optimization solution providers who have joined forces in creating the "Optimization Alliance." Both companies offer solutions for mechanical design and analysis, but FE-Design focuses on non-parametric structural topology, bead and shape optimization products, and numerical analysis services; Noesis Solutions, on the other hand, provides solutions for multidisciplinary parameter-driven design optimization. For more info on alliance, go to www.fe-design.com. and www.noesissolutions.com
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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