3rdTech's NanoManipulator-DP100 Chosen as R&D 100 Award Winner

Award Recognizes "100 most technologically significant new products"

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 17, 2001 3rdTech’s NanoManipulator DP-100 Visualization and Control System has been selected by R&D Magazine as an R&D 100 Award winner for 2001.  The magazine’s winners are products chosen “on the basis of their importance, uniqueness and usefulness.” 

The NanoManipulator DP-100 combines interactive 3D computer graphics with the functional capabilities of a scanning probe microscope (SPM) to produce a unique research and development product for the rapidly growing nanotechnology market.

“We are very pleased, though not surprised, to have been selected by R&D Magazine for this award,” said Nick England, president and CEO of 3rdTech.  “We have seen what researchers can accomplish with the NanoManipulator DP-100 and believe it will be a critical component of every nanotechnology research center’s toolkit.”

The NanoManipulator DP-100 consists of a SensAble Technologies PHANTOM™ Desktop force-feedback device, a PC with 3D graphics, and the extensive NanoManipulator DP-100 software - and is integrated with an SPM from ThermoMicroscopes.  Users of the system can interactively view “nanoscale” objects such as carbon nanotubes and individual viruses in 3D, feel the surface of the structures, and interactively manipulate them.  The ability to do real-time exploration and manipulation of atomic-sized structures makes the system ideal for research and development in a wide variety of areas, including nano-electro mechanical systems (NEMS), material science, physics, biochemistry and genomics.

The NanoManipulator DP-100 is now shipping.   List price is approximately $85,000 and includes on-site installation and training.  Full descriptions of the award-winning products will appear in the September 2001 issue of R&D Magazine (See www.rdmag.com for more information).  Additional information about the NanoManipulator DP-100 Visualization and Control System is available at www.3rdtech.com/NanoManipulator.htm.

The NanoManipulator DP-100 is based on technology first developed by the Departments of Computer Science and Physics and Astronomy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This initial technology received funding from the NIH National Center for Research Resources through the Biomedical Technology Resource at UNC-Chapel Hill.