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.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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