I was dissapointed when Jim sold out.
This was what Jim and I were afraid of if he decided that John’s offer was good enough. That he would lose control of the development direction of the engine.
We had dinner one time and I could tell something was up. He told me that he thought that he lost control of the engine.
He didn’t tell me the details of the deal, but it was way less than he wanted. Better to have one in the hand than two in the bush as they say. Besides Armageddon was just around the corner.
Jim’s hand drawn 3D drawing that was on his Rand Cam Engine report.
Excerp from 20-F filing for Reg Technologies Inc.
We are dependant upon consultants and outside manufacturing facilities.
Since our present plans do not provide for a significant technical staff or the establishment of manufacturing facilities, we will be primarily dependent on others to perform these functions and to provide the requisite expertise and quality control. There is no assurance that such persons or institutions will be available when needed at affordable prices. It will likely cost more to have independent companies do research and manufacturing than for us to handle these resources.
Our business may suffer if we are unable to adequately protect our intellectual property.
Our business depends on the protection of our intellectual property and may suffer if we are unable to adequately protect our intellectual property. The success of our business depends on our ability to patent our engine. Currently, we have been granted several U.S. Patents. We cannot provide assurance that our patents will not be invalidated, circumvented or challenged, that the rights granted under the patents will give us competitive advantages or that our patent applications will be granted.
I watched with excitement as Jim slowly drew up the machining drawings for the prototype that UME was going to machine.
I got even more excited when Devron Hercules was going to use the CNC machine tools to machine the cams. I always put in constructive suggestions based on research that I did.
Jim was in a real pickel after two weeks of farting around with the CNC operator. They couldn’t get the proper program. Jim showed me the sketch of what they were trying to accomplish and said that he could calculate the cam profile manually. I asked what’s in it for me if I can solve this programming problem? The rest they say is history.
This is a sketch of the solution minus the algorithms of course. I mulled it over for a day or so and before I was to go to a meeting it hit me like a ton a bricks. Lucky I had a piece of paper and pen handy as I scribbled the solution as fast as I could. Then came the acid test, to program it into my radio shack calculator. I used Jim’s example angle and hit +execute+ x y z and the numbers matched exactly.
I should have got something in writing as they say, but I have an ace up my sleeve:)
For upon deeper review of the ‘algorithm’ something was wrong and I had to find out what. For this was the correct mathematical solution for this given problem but it was not the correct firing solution as I like to call it.
Even if you made the ‘transition area’ larger the profile still will not work. For the constant velocity profile was only used on slow moving machinery in the early industrial revolution and was limited to 0 to 50 rpm. Jim’s revised cam profile now John’s profile would be limited to maybe 1,000 rpm. I did a revised cam profile with the maximum transition area possible here.
This appears to be the one John Boy is using. This one has potential provided that certain limits are not exceeded. Plus without the deep understanding of how the math works Rob will be twittling his thumbs until it is time for the investors to retire.
I even did one on Matlab that gave it a better visualization.
This one is pure sinusoidal, and is probably better than the modified sine that they are using now.
According to the details of the the filing each engineer or group such as University of West Virginia are getting a piece of the action for their efforts. Even if their solution didn’t work they get 1 percent or up to 5 percent. That should have been on the condition their attempts were successful. John needs to sharpen up on his business skills.
According to the report they have reached the end of their rope in terms of selling more equity to raise development money.
Just imagine if John Boy invested all that equity from investors into an R & D facility instead of putting his kids though the best Universities. According to one report John spent 27 million in total expenditures. This report says 13 million but who is counting. Lucky I used to be a bean counter and know what accummulated deficit means.
To give you an idea of how difficult the math problems is, just imagine a world class chess champion. He is thinking at least 5 moves ahead of his opponent. Big Blue was about 6 moves ahead and thats why the computer could win most of the time. At the peak of my chess playing days I estimated I was 8 moves ahead. Chess was like a video game to me and I resorted to playing against myself. (helps to have multiple split personality disorder:)
The math problem seems straight forward enough but upon further deep review there are multiple levels of abstraction that must occur. I am sure their are mathematicians out there who can solve this type of problem. But would they do it for 100 bucks an hour? I doubt it. Show me the percentage.
I read the biography on Tesla when he worked for Edison, and Edison promised Tesla lots of money if he could solve a big problem. When Telsa approached Edison that he solved the problem and expected Edison to pay up, Edison replied ‘Tesla you don’t understand American humor.’
Jim told me ‘I would have figured it out’…I don’t think so…