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Date / Time: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 2:00 p.m. New York
Technology follows a pattern of decreasing costs over time, but when the technology is an enabler, decreasing costs open new opportunities and new markets, driving additional sales which further reduces costs. It is a virtuous circle and happening today in the 3D printing space. 3D printing has become available to everyone and is being used in the automotive, medical, consumer and so many other industries. Jon Cobb, VP at Stratasys, and rapid prototyping expert Todd Grimm join Design News' Brian Bailey to discuss these trends and what can be expected in the future.
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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.
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If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development A Step-by-Step Guide."
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