Michael Kaplan
Director of Engineering
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Systems Inc.
San Jose, CA

When I started graduate studies in 3D computer graphics in 1978, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. I still remember my...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Emhart Teknologies Presents “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest Winners

Creating the future is about change, creativity, and risk - the core building blocks that foster innovation.

For the past five years, Emhart Teknologies has partnered with NASA Tech Briefs in challenging the engineering community through our “Create the...

Winner of a hybrid automobile or $20,000

Designed by:David A. Torrey, Ph.D., P.E.

Advanced Energy Conversion LLC

Malta, NY

There is tremendous...

Winner of a Panasonic 42" plasma TV

Designed by:

Buck Albritton
Ashland, VA
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Merit Prize Winners, “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest
Parallel-Plate Motorcycle Frame

Martin O’Toole, Revolution Motorcycles, Doylestown, PA

The concept of the parallel-plate framing system is to eliminate the welded tubular frame. The components are made using 3-axis CNC milling, waterjet, and laser-cutting machines. By...

Articles: Aerospace
Meet the Judges, “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest
William Brosey, Section Manager,
BWXT Y-12, Oak Ridge, TN Joe Buford, Mfg. Engineer,
Boeing Satellite Development Center,
El Segundo, CA
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sponsors,“Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest

In today’s competitive marketplace, manufacturers need suppliers who not only deliver the parts required to build a product, but those who deliver support and consultation on how best to...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Balloon for Long-Duration, High-Altitude Flight at Venus

A document describes a 5.5-m-diameter, helium-filled balloon designed for carrying a scientific payload having a mass of 44 kg for at least six days at an altitude of about 55 km in the atmosphere of Venus. The requirement for floating at nearly constant altitude dictates the choice of a...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wide-Temperature-Range Integrated Operational Amplifier

A document discusses a silicon-oninsulator (SOI) complementary metal oxide/ semiconductor (CMOS) integrated- circuit operational amplifier to be replicated and incorporated into sensor and actuator systems of Mars- explorer robots. This amplifier is designed to function at a supply...

Tech Needs
Environmentally Friendly Solvents

A specialty chemical company is seeking innovative green, renewable raw materials, products, and processes for replacement of existing non-environmentally friendly solvents while not compromising the performance or significantly increasing the costs. The solutions should be biodegradable, low/non- VOC, low...

Tech Needs
Quantifying Breast-Feeding Volume

A method is sought to provide a real-time quantitative measure of the volume of milk consumed as a baby breast-feeds. The solution must be safe, environmentally sound, non-invasive, retail for under $50, and should not interfere with mother- newborn bonding. It should be compatible with home use and relatively...

Like most mature industries, the automotive industry is highly competitive. Customers demand quality, security, and economy. Competition requires increasingly fast times to market for...

As warfare becomes more asymmetric, civilians and other non-combatants become a larger percentage of the casualties, along with unintended property damage. The military, of...

An atom laser now undergoing development simultaneously generates two pulsed beams of correlated 87Rb atoms. (An atom laser is a source of atoms in beams characterized by coherent...

A rugged, tunable extended-cavity diode laser (ECDL) has been developed to satisfy stringent requirements for frequency stability, notably including low sensitivity to vibration. This laser is...

Products: Photonics/Optics
3D Laser-Scanning Sensor

Perceptron (Plymouth, MI) offers the ScanWorks® hand-held 3D laser scanner that features a scanning rate of up to 458,000 points per second and can maintain a dense point resolution of approximately 14 microns. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Evaluation and Analysis Software

FARO Technologies (Lake Mary, FL) has released version 4.0 of its family of laser-scanning software: FARO Scene, FARO Scout, FARO Scout LT, and FARO Record. The user-friendly software packages are used for...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Beam Shaper

SCHOTT North America (Elmsford, NY) offers the Beam Shaper laser technology, capable of shaping “square” light from an individual laser diode or rows of strings of laser diodes into a beam of light that has a round profile...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Two-Axis Microgage

The Microgage 2D system from Pinpoint Laser Systems® (Newburyport, MA) measures the flatness of machinery and production equipment. The unit measures flatness of rolls, moving machinery stages, gantry systems, actuators,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Density Filters

Reynard Corp. (San Clemente, CA) provides Circular Variable Neutral Density (CVND) filters for use in optical systems to change light intensity from 100% to less than 0.1%. The filters are specified for linear optical density...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Photomultiplier Tube

The Photonis Group (Lancaster, PA) has introduced the XP1322, a 13-mm-round photomultiplier tube featuring high gain and low noise that covers the spectral range of 270 to 650nm. The device is designed for applications...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Integrated Spectrometer System

Headwall Photonics (Fitchburg, MA) offers the Raman ExplorerTM 532 Raman spectrometer. Featuring a retro-reflective concentric design, the device utilizes a 532-nm excitation laser for biological...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Structured Light Laser

The LasirisTM PowerLine laser from StockerYale, Inc. (Salem, NH) is a line generator for industrial and scientific applications. A thermoelectrically cooled laser, the device is able to emit up to 1 W at 810...

Products: Photonics/Optics
X-Ray Sensor

LINX from Electron Tubes, Inc. (Rockaway, NJ) is a linear x-ray sensor that can be expanded to provide an array of any required length; x-rays are detected using a scintillator and photo-diode array. Detector pitch is 1.6 mm or...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Connectors

Tyco Electronics Corp. (Harrisburg, PA) introduced a line of sealed circular LC ODVA compliant fiber optic connectors, carrying an IP67 environmental sealing rating. The units resist moisture, temperature, and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Software Interface

Gamma Scientific (San Diego, CA) offers SynthiColorTM, a software program that equips the company’s RS-5B spectrally programmable light source with interactive programmability and control. The software...

Products: Photonics/Optics
LED Solid-State Lighting

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) released the white Cree XLamp® 7090 power LED. Available in volume quantities, the unit produces luminous flux of up to 95 lumens or 85 lumens per watt at 350 mA, and up to 160 lumens at 700 mA (typical luminous flux is 80 lumens at 350 mA, yielding 70 lumens per watt). Designed for general...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Attenuator Kit

Fiber optic attenuator kits from Timbercon, Inc. (Lake Oswego, OR) provide a means of producing multiple levels of attenuation for several fiber optical cables, and can conduct testing or processing where exact dB...