Monday, February 27, 2012

Awesome new capabilities....

We officially have the new ShopBot CNC Router Table up and running!This is ShopBot's PRSAlpha model with a 5 foot x 8 foot bed and 4HP spindle.Capable of breezing through plastics, wood, and aluminum, this gives us advanced capabilities for doing large 2D and 2.5D work.This will be especially useful in meeting your acrylic fabrication needs.We can now lay out your acrylic project on the computer and cut all the parts from full-sheet stock.Unlike saw cutting, this will give precision parts with glue-ready edges.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Alfred M. Marks -- The Forgotten Genius

Who was Alfred M. Marks?
Summary of important patents

Alvin M. Marks, Inventor With 122 Patents, Dies at 97

Published: May 31, 2008

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Alvin M. Marks, a prolific inventor who held patents on polarized film for sunglasses, a 3-D moviemaking process, a generator the size of a grapefruit that could produce enough electricity for a house, a windmill with no moving parts and a trillion-dollar “space train,” died Sunday in Gardner, Mass. He was 97 and lived in Athol, Mass.

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Alvin Marks in 1986 with Lumeloid, which makes electricity from sunlight.

The cause was liver and pancreatic cancer, said Molly Bennett Aitken, his former wife.

A man capable of both small-bore pragmatism and large-scale imagination, Mr. Marks held 122 patents. An expert in optics, he developed several variants of polarized film that were used in sunglasses and to reduce glare on television screens; a headlight system to aid night driving; and window panels that change gradually from transparent to opaque and back again.

In 1951, he was granted a patent for a “three-dimensional intercommunicating system” that could be used to make TV shows and movies. He was president for many years of the Marks Polarized Corporation, based in the Whitestone section of Queens, where, along with his brother, Mortimer, who died in 2006, he invented many improvements on his original device, even though three-dimensional moviemaking never became the widespread technique he hoped it would.

For much of the latter half of his career, Mr. Marks focused on developing alternative and low-cost energy sources. An early experimenter with solar energy, he served as an adviser to President John F. Kennedy, and in 1967 was a consultant to the United States Senate on new technologies.

His inventions in the energy field include several aerosol electric power generators for home use as well as larger-scale generators, including the “windmill” with no moving parts, which proposed the placement in remote locations of enormous screens that would emit charged water particles into the wind to create power.

In recent years, he had been developing an array of minute antennas capable of collecting sunlight and transforming it into electricity, as well as a corresponding battery for storing it.

Alvin Melville Marks was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 28, 1910. His father, Alexander, was a lawyer. He studied at a variety of colleges and universities, including Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Harvard, M.I.T. and New York University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cooper Union. Because he could read German, his former wife said, he spent much of his Navy service during World War II translating intercepted Nazi documents.

After his first two marriages ended in divorce, he married Molly Bennett in 1967; they divorced a decade later, and she subsequently married Gerard Aitken III, who became Mr. Marks’s business partner, helping to raise money to support his research. Mr. Aitken died in 1987, and Mr. Marks adopted the two young children his partner and friend had had with his former wife.

All told, he had five children, two stepchildren and two adopted children, all of whom survive him. They are Sara Marks Tabby of Merion Station, Pa.; Bridget Marks of New York City; Jacqueline Marks of Dallas; Sean Christopher Marks of Litchfield, Conn.; Frederick Peter Marks of Athol; Douglas Marks of Pensacola, Fla.; Meridyth Senes of Burlington, N.J.; Gerard J. Aitken IV of Swan Lake, N.Y.; and Hannah Aitken of New York City. Mr. Marks is also survived by 12 grandchildren.

“My father was fluid with unconventional relationships for years,” said Ms. Marks Tabby. “That’s how he ended up having a hand in raising nine children.”

In 1989, Mr. Marks won a patent, with Peter H. Diamandis, for perhaps his most audacious invention, a plan to circumvent conventional space travel with a 6.6-million-pound, 180-foot train that would be propelled into outer space in an electromagnetic tunnel. It would cost trillions of dollars and take a decade to build, he said, but once complete, it would cut the cost of space exploration drastically.

“It’s a feasible idea and should be given consideration,” he told The New York Times at the time.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: June17, 2008
An obituary on June 1 about the inventor Alvin M. Marks misstated the middle initial for an inventor who held a patent with Mr. Marks. He is Peter H. Diamandis, not Peter G.

Lumeloid film

I find it humerous to read about Neil Farbstein from Vulvox is working on Lumeloid TM Technologies that were invented by my father the late Dr. Alvin M. Marks. The Research and Development of Lumeloid is being pursued by my company and we plan on filing a new patent once prototype development has been completed. It is possible to get 80% efficiency out of Lumeloid TM according to our calculations and current principles of rectifying antenna theory. Experiments in other labs have confirmed this. There are other labs that are working on a similar approach to Lumeloid, but it has become obvious to me that the original inventors approach is the most logical to getting anywhere near 80% conversion. Some of our calculations point to a possible 100% conversion is possible. Calculation and theory are quite different than the R&D that will lead to a working prototype. Only further investigation into this area will confirm what my father has claimed in Lumeloid and Quensor as it has never been done before. I further note that key chemistry and process elements were never included by my father in the original patent filed in "86 and the improvement patent filed in "93 # 5,229,624. I would further like to state that Farbstein had contacted me personally and it is my opinion that this guy makes wild claims and project affiliations to technologies and Intellectual Property that he has nothing to do with whatsoever. My father's last patent #122 Quensor TM #6,501,093 issued in 2002, a high density quantum energy storage or retrieval device will soon start initial R&D through my company once adequate funding is secured. Both these technologies require many-millions in investment for R&D to reach prototypes and commercial applications. There is no doubt to anyone involved in these areas that if Dr. Marks technologies prove successful that it would revolutionize the Alternative Energy and Storage fields. A simple internet search will lead you to information on the status of both technologies as well as a www.uspto.gov search on ownership.

/Cambridge Who's Who/ - Swan Lake, NY, August 15, 2008, Gerard James Aitken IV, President of Aitken International, has been named Cambridge Who's Who Executive of the Year in Alternative Energy. While inclusion in Cambridge Who's Who Registry is an honor, only two male and two female members in each discipline are named the Cambridge Who's Who Executive of the Year. The Cambridge Who's Who selection committee chooses these special honorees based on their accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership, and service.

Mr. Aitken has more than 16 years of professional experience in energy services. He specializes in conducting research, developing alternative energy products, coordinating fundraising programs to complete prototypes, and overseeing research teams. He became involved in his profession because he was inspired by his father, Gerard J. Aitken III and Dr. Alvin M. Marks and attributes his success to his dedication and love for his profession. Mr. Aitken considers developing alternative energy prototypes to reduce global warming and our dependency on fossil fuels to be the most rewarding aspect of his career.

Mr. Aitken is currently developing thin-film photo voltaic cells (Lumeloid TM) and a high-density quantum battery (Quensor TM) and has written various articles about his work. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Development from The Pennsylvania State University and is a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The media is welcome to contact Mr. Aitken regarding his expertise in alternative energy. Contact gerardjaitkeniv@yahoo.com.

Vulvox my company has a program on the drawing board; an 80% efficiency solar cell based on technology that is going off patent next year. We plan to test more practical versions of Alvin Mark's lumeloid concept. Contact Neil Farbstein protn7@att.net

Vulvox Invents New Solar System



PRLog (Press Release)Sep 25, 2008 – Solar thermal power systems are multiplying as the worldwide oil shortage and greenhouse warming cause fossil fuel based energy sources to increase their price to unprecedented levels.Solar thermal is already cost competitive with conventional sources of electricity in certain places such as southern California andVulvox has designed a combination solar thermal-photovoltaic system that will produce a much larger amount of electricity from the same size solar power plants. The result- lower generating costs, more efficient use of land,and the opportunity to replace parabolic troughs in existing solar plants with our dual generating parabolic troughs at less cost than building entirely new plants.

Vulvox President Neil Farbstein described the solar system as a breakthrough with higher efficiency than either photovoltaic or solar thermal power systems by themselves. Solar thermal will store the day's collected heat in hot oil or molten salt while the photovoltaic component will generate power during the day. The solar thermal system works during the day, collecting heat and transforming it to power using regular steam powered generators
and it also generates power from stored heat at night to enable uninterrupted power from solar energy plants.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Daughters

Hi fans, here are the pictures of my girls.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

EAVES 2.0 Drawings

Continue Alibre tutorials
Compile measurements
Construct solids using mm units
Finish basic drawings and output 2D and perspective in PDF?

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a widely used material in the lab due to the perception that it is relatively inert and resistant to chemicals.The researcher must use caution, however, in that neither assumption is completely true.With regard to chemical resistance, it is called 'stain less'not 'unstainable' for a reason; it will stain under the right exposure conditions.Knowing this, you should immediately question the assumption of inertness.There are certainly components of stainless steel (most notably chromium) that will leach under aggressive conditions and these components may confound experimental results.

The lesson?Be sure to consider the experimental system and conditions carefully with regard to material compatibility.If you're not sure whether stainless steel is the right choice, just ask us.

Mouse Cages

1. Record measurements of the exposure chambers
2. Lay out required dimensions of the three tier rack design
3. Design metal patterns for punch and fold
4. Fabricate trays from 304 SS
5. Contact fabricators for quotes on door punching
6. Prepare drawings and prototypes for doors
7. Arrange for door fabrication