Many engineers incorporating lead screws in motion control devices have gotten used to calling Tom Solon, an applications engineer for Kerk Motion Products Inc., for advice. But at least one company has found a new reason to call him: to get his help in a lawsuit. Solon is getting ready to testify as an expert witness in an upcoming patent-infringement suit involving the design of some processing equipment used in the semiconductor industry. "I got the call because of my background in the industry," he says. The mechanical engineer, who has his Professional Engineers license, used to work at Digital Equipment Corp. Is this another career path for Solon? "I like the occasional involvement," he says, "but I'm not giving up my day job for this."
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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