In a recent episode of the crime show CSI, an unscrupulous wife switches her rather large engagement diamond for a paste imitation. She was summarily carted off to jail, but only because the forensic engineers knew how to tell a diamond from cubic zirconium. Plus, she killed somebody. Girls looking to repeat the stunt better think twice now. Galil has reportedly supplied its PCI bus motion controller to a company that is developing an excimer laser diamond marking system for etching characters and graphics on diamonds for identification purposes. While this type of marking is not revolutionary, the new system reportedly will cost ten times less than existing units—thanks to a complete redesign involving new motion control technology. The lower the cost, the more units sold, the more diamonds marked, and, presumably, the less insurance fraud.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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