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1/31/01:  Meet other members of the group and discus ideas for the project
          : work on E-notebook
Obstacle: No one has any idea of what exactly is being proposed for the project.
Solution: discuss starting with a brainstorm of ideas and then narrow it down latter < suggested. by Johnson  decided that I would be the one to approach ken the following morning.

2/1/01:  attempt to contact Ken Isner at TD unsuccessful

2/2/01:  work on E-notebook more extensively.  discuss with the team;  objectives unchanged

2/6/01: Email Ken with invitation for a visit at td mail

2/7/01: confirmation from paul Johnson that Ken will be meeting us at vtc on 2/9/01

0/9/01: meet with group and discuss possible designs

            brought in samples of handheld wire stripers that incorporate both a cut and pull mechanism  <pic

             meet with ken during class  to discuss the project with him and view samples

            scan concept sketches and capture images of the finished wire

 
CONCEPT
Review known methods for ideas
Mechanical
pro: simple,  nice cut and pull design
cons: only cuts one wire
Thermal
pro: fast low, maintenance
cons:   heats everything including surrounding wires
Chemical
pro: fast
cons: hot acids/ requires clean tank
Laser cutting
Testing done curtesey of Luminecent Systems, Hanover N.H.

pro: clean cuts wont harm metal at correct focal length
cons:  requires wires be cut separate

 
Results
Laser cutting produced a clear cut through the insulation with no apparent damage to the wire
the laser separates the insulation from the wire nicely but does not cut in the "shadow" this process could be utilized with the addition of a top and bottom cut either together or in a two step process
unfortunately due to the cost of setup this process will not be feasible.

 
water jet cutting
more info
pro: clean cuts
cons: expensive
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