Clearly some of the odder chocolate and sand-based 3D printers are still in the experimental project stage and who knows what they'll cost when and if they're commercialized. But there are a growing number of 3D printers available for pretty cheap, that is starting around $1,500. We recently wrote about one such example, and my guess is we'll be seeing much more on this front moving forward.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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