Autodesk is winning a battle against the many companies who use unauthorized copies of its software. The company has recovered $63 million since its Piracy Prevention Program was started in 1989 and $3 million so far in 2004. The First Annual Business Software Alliance and International Data Corporation Global Software Piracy Study was also recently released, pointing out an alarming piracy trend. PC software companies estimate they lose $6.5 billion annually compared to $3 billion lost in the U.S. motion picture industry and $4.2 billion lost in the U.S. recording industry according to the Recording Industry Association of America. For more info, go to www.autodesk.com/piracy.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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