Good points, Benmlee. I've seen professionals get deeply locked into software. That's one of the software industry's big advantage. Strong competitors will often offer those who are trapped with a way out -- a similar system that is easy to transfer -- but not always.
You slipped in that AutoCad Fusion 360 cloud computing with monthly payment is going to save money. Software rental has been a huge sore spot with photographers since Adobe Photoshop went monthly subscription this month. The fear is that other softwares will follow.
These powerful softwares are unlike a renting a car. It takes years to master a particular program, and know the best techniques for fast modeling. You will build a data base of standard parts. Designs are reused. With a small business, you are locked into a software. If is a monthly payment like cable TV, then once your are locked into a single supplier, fees goes up. For a professional, over time, you will be paying more.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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