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.
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.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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