"Innovators around the world need to have access to professional-class PCB design tools to easily capture their design concepts," said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division.
Over the next couple of years the industry will begin to transition from its roots in polymer prototypes to its future in industrial-strength heavy metals.
The industrial tool today is no longer the screwdriver, says Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry U.S.. "It is the iPad. And that is exactly what is starting to attract the next generation."
3D Systems CEO, Avi Reichental believes that 3-D printing marks the return of production and making power to local experts to the craftsmen with the creative power to change the world.
The first step to industrial wearable computing requires something a little simpler and a little more practical that the consumer products - a device that adds the functionality workers need without distracting them from the jobs the need to do.
3-D, bioplastic, manufacturing, technology
MIT says part of innovation is expecting to fail.
SME will train workers for complex advanced manufacturing jobs necessary for the new research facility.
With $550 billion at stake over the next 12 years, it's time for the c-suite to get involved.