Leading the charge of economic recovery in manufacturing, Kansas City is fast becoming a hotbed for jobs, according Jerry Jasinowski, President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Jasinowski cites $1 billion in capital investment and more than 2,000 new manufacturing jobs in the last two years, as well as 110,000 jobs in manufacturing overall—equal to the number of manufacturing jobs there 10 years ago—as evidence of good times to come. Kansas City has also been chosen as a pilot city for the NAM Manufacturing Institute's Careers Campaign aimed at increasing the number of young people going into manufacturing by 2010. Visit www.nam.org/kansascity.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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