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00100 Artificial Intelligence Lab.
00200 Computer Science Dept.
00300 Stanford University
00400 Stanford, ca. 94305
00450 June 15, 1973
00600 Mr. George Wallace
00700 Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
00800 545 Technology Square
00900 Cambridge, Mass. 02139
01100 Dear George:
01300 Well, at long last I've finished the drawings for the
01400 "M.I.T." arm. They are enclosed!!!!! Here are the instructions that
01500 go with them.
01700 Set Number One: You keep these as they are a reserve set in
01800 case one of the shops needs another copy. Every drawing is included
01900 in this set with the proper quantity called out to enable manufacture
02000 of one arm.
02200 Set Number Two: You send out these drawings to the proper
02300 vendors. As you may remember, I decided to try Haverhill Tool Co.,
02400 Haverhill, Mass. Attn. Bill Tufts. Call him on the phone, and he
02500 will probably come by to pick the drawings up. I've phoned them
02600 several times in the past few months to let them know just how things
02700 are going. Now, they dont get all the drawings- several of the
02800 smaller and simpler parts and assemblies will be made here at
02900 Stanford. Also, you will note that a few drawings are destined for
03000 the Bendon Gear Company- Randolph, Mass. Attn. Mr. Belazos (I
03100 think thats how he spells it). Call them both up and remind them of
03200 their original quotes- the Haverhill quote is enclosed, but Bendon
03300 Gear only gave a phone quote- In any case, they both will reserve the
03400 right to change their quotes a bit, as I have made changes to most of
03500 the drawings. In very few cases should these new prices be higher.
03600 Generally, I have simplified the design which should result in lower
03700 costs rather than higher prices. There are also a couple of new
03800 drawings which were never quoted on. As for delivery. You should
03900 be able to get most of the parts back from the vendors in 4 weeks.
04000 Try to get partial shipments if they will do that. That way I can
04100 start the assembly sooner. In the meantime, I will have all the
04200 smaller assemblies made here. Oh yes, you will note that I am
04300 requesting at least a double order of everything. This is because I
04400 will build two arms to start with, and when the bugs are all out I
04500 will have more built. In a few cases, you may note that I am
04600 ordering a quantity for 10 arms. This is because there are great
04700 cost savings involved-related to gear teeth cutting setup charges.
04900 Now, I have not yet ordered the purchased parts, but have
05000 talked to all the vendors involved. To save things like sales tax, it
05100 may be best for you to order the parts. I will send you a parts list
05200 and ordering instructions in a few days. There is only one long lead
05300 time item-the small motors in the wrist. But, we have a couple of
05400 spare motors here at Stanford which I will use for the first arm to
05500 speed delivery.
05700 You'd better show this letter and its contents to Pat
05800 Winston. I know he is getting a bit excited- I am too for that
05900 matter. I've been swamped with all sorts of random work since
06000 returning here in December and as such the M.I.T. Arm has taken too
06100 much of a back seat to other projects. Starting June 1, I went on 80%
06200 time. Thus I now have at least the equivalent of one day a week to
06300 spend on these outside arms.
06500 Oh yes, one more thing. To protect myself a bit, I started a
06600 company to put these arms together. The name is VICARM. This way,
06700 if there just happens to be some patent infringement, I wont loose my
07000 I'll call you in a couple of days to see how things are
07100 going...that's if you or Pat don't call me sooner.
07900 Vic Scheinman