About 4,000 users registered for Autodesk University, the software company's 2004 international user group conference in November. Those in attendance heard CEO Carol Bartz describe the company's vision. Among the new products she touted: Product Stream, a process engine for releasing designs to manufacturing. She said it could improve the release pro-cess. "Change is hard enough," Bartz quipped. "Why should the change process be more difficult than the change itself?"
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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