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.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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