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."
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
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.
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