Disney has put its imagineers to work once again, and this time they brought in the astronauts. Walt Disney World's Epcot Center opened up its "Mission: SPACE" ride in October, sending kids and adults alike on a trip to Mars via a combination of visual imaging, motion control, and centrifuge technology. Once inside the fictitious X-2 Deep-Space Shuttle, riders play the role of commander, pilot, navigator, or engineer, while experiencing accelerations found in spaceflight.
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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