Seattle, WA--"Visio Corporation's IntelliCAD '98 hit the market and is doing well," says Brady Brewer, Visio's product manager. For $349, users can have high-functionality without the expense, he says. In addition to having a DWG native file format, IntelliCAD supports the ability to open multiple drawings at once. The program also offers Drawing Explorer(TM), a feature that lets the user review and exchange drawing content with drag-and-drop ease, says Brewer. The user may customize the visual toolbar and menu, with no additional programming; and insert whole or parts of IntelliCAD drawings into a Microsoft Office application file or a Visio Technical schematic.
In other company news, Visio Technical 5.0 users can download an updated DWG file converter free of charge from the company's web site. The updated converter uses technology developed for Visio's IntelliCAD, and purchased as part of the MarComp acquisition. On May 1, Visio also released a free piping and instrumentation design (P&ID) solution to help customers "streamline their work and make their designs more intelligent." Users can get copies of both programs at: www.visio.com.
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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