Software company, think3, has partnered with GlobalSpec Inc., an online technical product resource for engineers, to give customers access to supplier and product information from the thinkdesign and thinkteam products. The partners have developed a database of more than 45 million parts from more than 9,500 supplier catalogs, all found under the co-branded website, http://think3.globalspec.com, which automatically transfers parts information from suppliers to think3's bill of materials.
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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