Nothing new here. The latest survey from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has found a decline in the number of doctoral science and engineering (S&E) degrees earned in 2002. According to data in the 2002 Survey of Earned Doctorates, the 24,500 S&E degrees earned nationwide represent the lowest number since 1993. To view the report, go to www.norc.uchicago.edu/issues/docdata.htm.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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