Moldflow Corporation (www.moldflow.com) and Granta Design Limited (www.grantadesign.com) have agreed to join portions of Moldflow's proprietary plastics material database with Granta's materials selection tool, the CES4 Optimal Polymer Selector (OPS). The agreement allows Granta users to filter material choices based on the availability of Moldflow material data—important for those users who include mold-filling analysis in their product development process.
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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