"Innovators around the world need to have access to professional-class PCB design tools to easily capture their design concepts," said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division.
Over the next couple of years the industry will begin to transition from its roots in polymer prototypes to its future in industrial-strength heavy metals.
The industrial tool today is no longer the screwdriver, says Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry U.S.. "It is the iPad. And that is exactly what is starting to attract the next generation."
3D Systems CEO, Avi Reichental believes that 3-D printing marks the return of production and making power to local experts to the craftsmen with the creative power to change the world.