What if you could predict today which industries are fated to flourish or fail in the 21st century? What if, a decade past, you could have imagined the impact of the Internet? And what if, five years ago, you had foreseen today’s supertight labor market or soaring health-care costs? Then maybe you could hang out your shingle as a futurist and charge corporate clients or the federal government big bucks to help them prepare for the vagaries that lie ahead.
For years, metal product manufacturers have been waiting for the development of flexible inspection fixtures. Recently, several companies have come up with breakthrough designs that are changing the testing and inspection of prototypes from inception through final production.
Electronic collaborative design promises to streamline the production process, making it faster and cheaper. The aircraft and automotive industries have already begun to utilize collaborative technology with benefits quickly becoming apparent.