it Out- Many
companies know that doing everything themselves is not always the best business
decision. Sometimes finding the experts to do a specific aspect of design or
manufacturing is the more economical –and ultimately profitable –route to take.
When a company outsources, they can focus on their own core competencies, devote
more time to their customers, and move products out the door
Outsourcing Holds Promise and Challenges- It ’s no easy task. Companies
that outsource parts of design projects already get the advantage of outside
expertise and the luxury of concentrating on their own core competencies -very
compelling advantages that can make them more productive. Indeed, outsourcing is
a proven necessity for some companies in order to stay competitive. And, when
outsourced work goes to other domestic companies, the entire economy benefits,
some economists say. But the economy only benefits if manufacturers are able to
effectively manage the outsourced work.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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