CAD giant Structural Dynamics Research Corp. (SDRC, Cincinnati, OH) and computer-aided production engineering (CAPE) software developer Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. (Herzliya, Israel) formed a strategic alliance to integrate design and production engineering environments. Tecnomatix develops automation software for digital factories (see news, page 62). Because interoperability is what users are demanding, Tecnomatix and SDRC plan to jointly develop and market solutions in the areas of digital factory, digital mock-up, and quality management, expanding the interoperability between the two products. "Moving forward, SDRC will work with Tecnomatix on programs focusing on integration of product information and data management," said Bill Weyand, chairman, CEO, and president of SDRC. "This joint effort between SDRC and Tecnomatix demonstrates both companies' dedication to enabling and implementing end-to-end digital manufacturing solutions," said Bruce Jenkins, vice president, Daratech Inc. (Cambridge, MA). "The offerings that result from this cooperation should be given serious consideration by manufacturing concerns seeking to compress time-to-market through new levels of concurrency and collaboration between design engineering and production engineering."
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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