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.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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