Autodesk and Microsoft have formed an alliance to connect engineering data to enterprise re-source planning (ERP) systems. Specifically, Autodesk's engineering data management software will be integrated with Microsoft ERP products. This, the companies say, will remedy the data inconsistencies, poorly controlled engineering change processes, release delays, and manual data re-entry that they say characterize product development today. The target companies that the alliance hopes to serve are small and mid-size companies. The integration point for connecting the data will be Autodesk Vault.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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