Derek Carpenter, managing director of Datasound Labs, recently sounded off about the lack of qualified designers in the electronics industry cited electronicstalk.com. His outcry was in response to a letter written by the chief executive of Intel, Craig Barrett, to his employees. Both men feel that because of the seemingly cool job of Web designer, many would-be electronics engineers chose to find work designing the Internet instead of designing electronics. This has, according to Carpenter, created a situation in which there are not enough jobs for Web designers and a shortage of experienced engineers. Outsourcing, he says, is the solution to this problem, even if it is a temporary one. To find more information on this issue, visit www.dsl-ltd.co.uk.
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An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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