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Wilhelm Taylor

The WoodMaven

biography

My background is mechanical engineering. I spent most of my career designing optical assemblies for the medical, military and storage industries, the last 10 years in 3D cinema optics. I'm retired now and spend my time designing and building things and raising our 8yo grandson.

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work experience

Xanar, Johnson & Johnson Senior Mechanical Engineer February 1983 - March 1985

Designed laser scalpels for medical applications.

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Plasmon, Iomega, Pinnacle Mirco, Laser Magnetics, Tamarack, etc... Opto-mechanical engineer February 1985 - March 2004

Designed optics for optical data recording industry.

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Directed Energy Solutions Senior Mechanical Engineer February 2004 - March 2006

Designed core of high-powered laser system used by the military.

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RealD Senior Mechanical Engineer January 2006 - March 2014

Designed various optical systems involving 3D cinema optics.

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education

Colorado State University B.S., Thermodynamics and compressible fluid flow (jet engines) 1973 - 1978

The goal, and every boy's dream, was to design rockets. Ended up designing optics instead and never regretted it.

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UCCS (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) MBA, Operations 1980 - 1982

Studied the operations end of business, i.e., maximizing system efficiencies.

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additional

Workstation specs: Dell Precision M4800, multiple 1TB SSDs, 16GB, Nvidia Quadro K2100M, 30" monitor, 1000Mbps fiber optics, Epson 3880 large format printer, SolidWorks 2014, Win7Pro (of course).....
Honors and awards: PATENTS: 05708633 01/98 Method and apparatus for manufacturing information storage devices. 05317554 05/94 Magazine loader having an ejector arm. 05153862 10/92 Cassette for storing, moving and loading optical storage disk cartridges. 05060106 10/91 Disk cartridge including door opening mechanism and improved hub assembly. 04980880 12/90 Method and apparatus for simultaneously reading both sides of an optical storage disk. 04526447 07/85 Beam directing micro-manipulator for laser device. Certified Solid Works Professional Several patents "in the works" relating to 3D optics.
Interests: Woodworking, travel, raising grandson, modeling in SolidWorks.

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