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A forum for engineers who aspire to become inventor-entrepreneurs to learn the pitfalls of the business and the most likely paths to success.

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Ross Engineering - A Florida Civil Engineering Consulting Firm

Started by Robert Ross, P.E. Mar 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Thank you for accepting me into your website and forum. I am one of the founders and owners of Ross Engineering, a Florida civil engineering consulting firm. We started in 2003 and have slowly grown…Continue

Tags: storming, green, building, brain, innovation

Electrical engineer specializes in sensors needed for a project

Started by hugh Jul 13, 2014. 0 Replies

Hello All,I'm looking for an electrical engineer who is well versed with sensors to help put together a system.  I'm offering monetary compensation as well as partnership.  I'd appreciate any…Continue

Patent Valuation Group

Started by Roderick Whitfield Nov 2, 2013. 0 Replies

There is a "Patent Valuation"  Group  on linkedin.com that has some great content discussions even course details on Intellectual Property.Continue

Virtual Prototyping versus Physical Prototyping

Started by Roderick Whitfield Feb 13, 2012. 0 Replies

Patrick Dickerson is the owner of the  Animated Pixel atThe Animated Pixel  who is a virtual prototyper  in which vurtual prototyping has…Continue

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Comment by Paul Lloyd on December 7, 2011 at 2:32pm

Thanks Allen

Of course, patent sales have been going on for years.  I visited your site and don't think it would be of interest to me.

Thanks again


Comment by Joe Gorse on December 7, 2011 at 1:53pm


How's the market for it look in terms of size, growth, and unmet demand?

How does it compare in cost and capability to current market offerings?


Comment by Allen Knoll on December 7, 2011 at 11:41am

Paul,  I can see that you are intent on bringing this innovation to market.  Eventually I would like to be able to offer a relatively inexpensive way to bring first run production offerings to market via a dutch auction mode on www.greenwaveproject.org  There is a lot of activity going on and would like to know if there is interest in this type of venue. 

Comment by Paul Lloyd on December 7, 2011 at 10:34am

Thanks Neil,

I know what a business plan is.  And it will vary depending on partner interest.  First I need someone to view the working prototype and understand the potential.  That will speak loader than a load of unsupported sales projections.  What I need is a contract with a mutially compiled agreement which will constitue a joint business plan.  Basically, I provide the invention, know-how and technical assistance.  The partner provides whatever else is necessary to bring the invetion into production, i.e. finance (definitely), additional engineering input (maybe), manufacturing and assembly (maybe), sales/marketing/distribution (preferably).



Comment by Niel Leon on December 7, 2011 at 3:58am

Have you prepared a business and marketing plan?

These plans need to give your vision:

1. Of what the business will look like once production is achieved

2. How much you need to bring this design to the market

3. How the business with grow and expand in the next 1, 2, and 5 years

4. Let investors the level of profit they can expect upon success.

Simply having a better mouse trap is not enough.


Comment by Paul Lloyd on December 6, 2011 at 12:52pm

After five years development I have overcome all engineering obstacles and achieved the holy grail of a genuinely new mass-market product that will sell like hot-cakes with jam on.

It's a hand-held version of the mechanical road-sweeper.  It's lightweight, manoeuvrable, sweeps any hard surface and can sweep into corners.  It is aimed at the domestic and light commercial market and my working prototype proves it's all possible.
I am now on the lookout for a suitable partner, or partners, to give financial assistance with final development to production status.
It's called the Go-Brush and has an NZ patent.
Anyone interested?

Comment by Marshall Matheson on August 30, 2011 at 3:08pm
Good to hear form you Tim - if makes sense, post images of work done with the CNC and would be good to even post your review of the mill in the mechanical group or other general discussion groups.
Comment by Tim Montano on August 30, 2011 at 2:58pm

Greetings everyone:


I haven't posted here in quite a while.  In fact I just received an email from Marshel Matheson that reminded me I was a member of this forum.

I have good news:  (for me anyway)  I've finally decided to upgrade to a CNC Mill.

I've been using manual machines for the past several years so this upgrade will help my project work flow substantially.

The down side?  I have to chop down the tree in my back yard in order build a storage shed to house all the lesser-used machines in my shop.  Then I can install my new incoming mill.


On a lighter note:


I came across this bit of writing so I thought I'd share it with you all.  Hopefully it will take your minds off of your work for a while and remind you that there are more things in life than just work.


Engineering Mid Term --- The Bonus Question

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington
engineering mid term. The answer was so "profound" that the professor shared
it with colleagues, which is why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs
heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law,
(gas cools off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed) or some
variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

"First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need
to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are
leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it
will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are
entering Hell, lets look at the different religions that exist in the world
today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their
religion, you will go to Hell.

Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not
belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.
With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in
Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the
volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature
and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand as
souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter
Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell
breaks loose.

2. Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of
souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell
freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Ms. Teresa Banyan during my
Freshman year, namely that "...it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep
with you.", and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded
in having sexual relations with her, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus I am
sure that Hell is indeed exothermic and will not freeze."

This student received the only "A" given for the exam.


Comment by Joe Gorse on August 17, 2011 at 1:56pm


The link is dead. Not sure which of these it is, but is this it?



Comment by Roderick Whitfield on August 16, 2011 at 2:40pm

Ross am sorry and i have been a bit out of touch, I have not been working on the turbine concepts lately and I am sorry for answering so late, but i want to pass on this info,

The Design & Manufacturing Midwest 2011 Conference Progam
McCormic Place North

Chicago, ILL.



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