Due to the increase in off-shore product sourcing, the National Mail Order Association is promoting U.S.-made products by sponsoring a "Made in America" contest. The contest awards 73 manufacturers, artisans, and inventors in 19 categories—including automotive, consumer electronics, and hardware and tools, among others—and 50 "Best of State" awards. The competition is designed to help introduce American products to mail order marketing companies. Entries are due by December 31, 2003. For more information and an entry form, go to www.nmoa.org/contest.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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