What to do when you need design tools, but your company is financially strapped? Consider getting CAD software for free. At www.freeCAD.com, visitors can download free programs that, according to the site's sponsor TenLinks Inc., rival some of the costly, big-name CAD programs on the market. While the site currently lacks many options in accessories, CAD services, and Macintosh programs, it does feature about 30 viewers, 30 general-purpose CAD programs, and more than 250 parts and libraries.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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