In the face of a growing workforce and skills gap, should factory workers be trading their blue collar for a “new collar?” While some call for a return to the days of old as the way forward for American manufacturing, others are saying it's high time for workers to change and adapt.
The scarcity of medical supplies in poor parts of the world led a doctor to develop a low-cost, plastic stethoscope for clinical use. To his knowledge, it is the first open-source medical device that has been clinically validated.
The processes for 3D printing and additive manufacturing of large-scale industrial-quality parts continue to improve in quality and production-readiness. That's true of technologies for making both metal and plastic parts.