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.
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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