COFES, the Congress On the Future of Engineering Software, takes place April 1-4 in Scottsdale, AZ. The event is presented as a think tank for great minds to exchange ideas and discuss practices. Headlining the event will be keynote speaker John Koza, inventor of genetic programming. Also on the agenda: Congress sessions—open forums for mechanical and AEC; technology-suite briefings by COFES sponsors; and analyst briefings. To apply for an invitation to COFES2004, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-511.
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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