Sun Microsystems claims its SPARC-based Sun Blade workstations are getting faster with up to a 40-percent increase in performance. The company says the workstations are more advanced than the previous generation of Sun Blades, providing double the memory and increased storage capacity. In addition, Sun announced various pricing promotions. One to note is that customers purchasing a new UltraSPARC-based Sun Blade 1500 or 2500 Workstation can pay only $1.00 extra to receive with it a SunPCi™ IIIproc card, which enables users to run Windows or Linux natively within the Solaris OS. And, customers can upgrade Xeon-based workstations and get $600 off the price of a new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java Workstation W1100z or W2100z.
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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