Derek Carpenter, managing director of Datasound Labs, recently sounded off about the lack of qualified designers in the electronics industry cited electronicstalk.com. His outcry was in response to a letter written by the chief executive of Intel, Craig Barrett, to his employees. Both men feel that because of the seemingly cool job of Web designer, many would-be electronics engineers chose to find work designing the Internet instead of designing electronics. This has, according to Carpenter, created a situation in which there are not enough jobs for Web designers and a shortage of experienced engineers. Outsourcing, he says, is the solution to this problem, even if it is a temporary one. To find more information on this issue, visit www.dsl-ltd.co.uk.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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