In terms of the hiring front, this whole trend that puts interdisciplinary engineering back in the spotlight has the potential for some serious jobs creation. More and more companies are going to need these skills in order to take their products to the next level. Definitively a career opportunity for those who keep their skills in step.
Excellent idea to have a weekly wrapup. I especially enjoyed the variety of topics - with particular emphasis (from my perspective) on the hiring plans. Also thought the comment about the increasing emphasis on security. Lots of talk and finally some action.
Good idea, Alex. It's hard to keep up with emerging trends in automation and control by just going story to story. A one-stop is truly needed.
You're right about that worm scaring engineers. Plants are vulnerable. Deploying plant-wide networks has created openings. IT has tried to wrap security around these networks, b.ut the plant is not an office. You can't shut the plant down each night to install upgrades.
Great round-up, Alex. It's nice to know what is going on out there in the tech world. I have to say, whether you are a techie or not, and no matter your age, paper is important. I, at times, prefer it over the Web. There's nothing like the smell of fresh newsprint or even just curling up on the couch with a new magazine that just came in the mail. What do you think readers? - print or online; a trip to the library or an e-reader? Let the debate begin!
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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