That is great. Following market prices on services. If more USA based manufacturers follow that example, an enormous boom in the sector is sure to follow. I recently needed a part made. I received a quote from a China based manufacturer and a USA one. China had the price at $5 each, USA had it at $20. I could have gone to China, but instead I asked the USA company to adjust prices. The price came down to $12 each. Although almost 3x more, I went with the USA company. That was my plan all along.
But I still think about the $5 price. The USA companies need to get prices down.
I will soon be having some part molded. Glad I found this article. I might start with the featured company as I get bids on the work.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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