Autodesk has a list of new eBeta programs available to users, including Autodesk Inventor®, a program from which an entire line of products could be developed using both 3D capabilities and 2D drawings. Also offered is the Autodesk DWF Viewer 5 Beta, which includes navigating and printing 3D DWF models, as well as the AutoCAD® Mechanical and Mechanical Desktop 2005 Beta Opportunity, a program that lets users take existing drawings and alter or fix them without losing the drawings' original components. For more information on any eBeta software trial programs or to sign up as a user, go to http://betaprogams.autodesk.com/betaweb.htm.
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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