Fluid power users can take advantage of the updated statistical Toolkit now ready for free-to-members downloading at the National Fluid Power Association's (NFPA) website, www.nfpa.com. This software package features automatic calculation and graphing of product market trends and market shares. It is possible to compare trends in a specific market with trends in other fluid power markets or end-use industries. Graphs and supporting data are easily transferred from the Excel-based software to reports and other documents. Future software enhancements will be based, in part, on feedback provided by users.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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