The job outlook doesn't look terrific for the coming year, at least according to statistics published by the American Management Association (www.amanet.org). Nearly two-thirds of business execs surveyed forecasted that their U.S. workforce would either remain the same or decrease in 2003. On average, those who reported a downsizing estimated a loss of 7.8% of their workforce. Top reasons for eliminating jobs: Organizational restructuring (44%); Lower demand for products (40%); and improved efficiency (31%). There's good news, though: 89% of execs say that they plan to give raises and bonuses to their employees this year.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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