While the slowing economy is deterring orders for high-tech devices, makers of thermal imaging cameras have received enquiries of their products as airports worldwide are beginning to install the cameras to help halt the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). At Singapore's Changi airport, the first airport to deploy such technology, the cameras capture thermal maps of each passenger, thus helping authorities spot those who have an above-normal temperature, an early symptom of SARS.
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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