People who work in high tech aren't normally in the running for People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People—obviously they have much more important priorities. But we're dismayed to hear technology in general being called downright unattractive. It ranked second on the list of "unattractive" industries in the latest Lending Climate in America Survey done by Phoenix Management Services. The only other group deemed less attractive by the nation's banks and finance companies is startup companies. Nearly two thirds of lenders responding to the poll gave technology a negative view. "These new statistics are indicative of a 'so what' attitude. Technology is simply not relevant to most lenders now," says E. Talbot Briddell, Phoenix president. After giving the economic outlook a C grade for the preceding three quarters, lenders predicted only a D+ level through mid-year.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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