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.
Imagine being able to illegally download a physical product the same way you can with music and videos. That’s basically what’s happening with 3D printing and digital manufacturing, with huge repercussions in the intellectual property domain.
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
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