It’s little wonder why car sales are down. We have less money to spend, cars last longer and the new negative trend for the auto companies is we are driving a less – a lot less. In September, pre-plunge gas prices convinced the nation to drive 10.7 billion miles less or 4.4 per cent than in September, 2007. We drove a total 232.8 billion miles for the month and 3.5 per cent less for the first nine months of 2008 as compared to 2007.
The numbers are compiled by the Federal Highway Administration, which is part of U.S. DOT. This year will be the first annual decline since 1983 with the biggest drop coming in the south where gas was not only expensive, but scarce in some areas. Of course, the low gas prices of the past six weeks will bump up the miles a bit, but the recession will likely balance that increase out. Read the reams of stats.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is