Sandia picks display systems for nanotechnology lab

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, 14 Dec. 2005. Fakespace Systems Inc. today announced that it was awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Sandia National Laboratories to design, build and integrate visualization systems for Sandia's MESA (Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications) MicroLab facility.

Dec 14th, 2005

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, 14 Dec. 2005. Fakespace Systems Inc. today announced that it was awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Sandia National Laboratories to design, build and integrate visualization systems for Sandia's MESA (Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications) MicroLab facility.

Work on the centers will begin immediately, and is expected to be done by May 2006.

Sandia, based in Albuquerque, N.M., is a multi-program laboratory with major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

Fakespace will incorporate the latest in projection and display technologies, offering high resolution viewing of fine detail and/or multiple image sources simultaneously in each of Sandia's visualization centers -- the education center, design center, and design review conference room.

The education center will include an extreme resolution PowerWall with at least 4,000 x 2,000 pixel per inch resolution. Several high definition (HD) resolution monoscopic PowerWall screens will be incorporated for research and presentation purposes. The design center will consist of several HD projection systems and a large-scale LCD flat panel display, with interactive touch-screen capability. The conference room will use a tiled projector Augmented Reality Display Table, as well as several HD resolution projection systems and interactive plasma screens.

The centers will also contain some of the latest high resolution imaging technologies. Fakespace will provide new, fully digital five-megapixel microscopes for imaging of nanotechnologies. The completely automated microscope will be integrated into the overall control system of each center. High resolution, progressive scan document cameras and dual-camera video conferencing systems will be available to users. The three centers will be fully networked for internal and external collaborative meetings.

"Fakespace will work with Sandia staff on overall facilities and integration planning," said James Gruening, vice president of operations for Fakespace. "Our professional services team will also work with Sandia to evaluate optimal projection technology for each application."

Fakespace Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Mechdyne Corp., designs and manufactures advanced interactive visualization systems, develops custom software applications, and integrates complete enterprise-wide solutions. Interactive visualization improves collaboration, discovery and learning for applications in automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, education, federal government, geophysical exploration, manufacturing, scientific research, and virtual prototyping. Fakespace is headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa. The company has global office locations in Canada, Europe, Asia and across the USA. For more information, see www.fakespace.com.

Mechdyne Corp., along with its subsidiaries, is the world's largest company dedicated to consulting and development of immersive, networked and collaborative visualization systems. Mechdyne Solutions addresses complex projects where an in-depth understanding of user requirements leads to the development of customized solutions involving elements of visual, software and support systems. Its subsidiary Fakespace Systems provides advanced display technology and enabling software while another subsidiary, VRCO Inc, specializes in consulting and related immersive and interactive software development.

Headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, Mechdyne's customers include leading government laboratories, military research programs, energy companies and unique applications of visualization technology. For more information, see www.mechdyne.com.

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