Renco Encoders Inc. (www.renco.com) has added a 3D modeling feature to its website, where users can select specific encoder models, enter the specifications, and create a 3D model that can be rotated, zoomed, and panned on-screen. Downloads in various CAD and graphic formats are also available for both 3D and 2D models. In addition, users may submit specifications for price quotes.
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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