A new 3D solid modeling standard has been set at the request of Industry and the U.S. Government. ASME Y14.41, an extension of ASME Y14.5M, serves as a guide for CAD software packages to develop modeling and annotation practices. The standard comes in two forms: model only, and model and drawing in digital format. Among the developers of the standard are individuals from GM, Raytheon, EDS PLM Solutions, Ford, Lockheed Martin, and Purdue University. Check out www.asme.org/codes/pr/y1441.html.
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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