If machine tool consumption is any indication, an economic recovery isn't going to happen anytime soon. Most recent stats indicate a drop-off of nearly 30% compared to 2001, which itself was down from 2000. Year-to-date (through September 2002) total was $1.5 billion. Numbers come from the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors Association.
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
We're talking a look at 10 of the coolest technologies being developed by the US military today. In addition to saving lives on the battlefield, don't be surprised if you see some of these in your daily life some time in the near future.
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