Digital camera capabilities continue to soar. Kodak's EasyShare Z1275 has 12 megapixel resolution and can record up to 80 min of High Definition video. Photographers can print images up to 30 x 40 inch or crop fairly small portions for 8 x 10 photos. They can use the 2.5-inch LCD to zoom in and check image quality. It's powered by Texas Instruments' TMS320DM35x DaVinci digital media processor, which includes a video processor, an MPEG-4-JPEG co-processor and an ARM9 core. The 6-oz camera, which uses common AA batteries, has a 5x zoom and light ratings down to ISO 3200 for low-light photos.
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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