Engineers already know firsthand that their jobs are being outsourced overseas, but wonder what President Bush is hearing for advice on what to do about it? The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report in January on information technology manufacturing and competitiveness, called "Sustaining the Nation's Innovation Ecosystems." The report details U.S. vulnerability in the innovation sector, and the emerging Asian strength in innovation due largely in part to government support. To read the report, go to this website: www.ostp.gov/pcast/FINALPCASTITManuf%20ReportPackage.pdf.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
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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