Cuthbert Physics

Innovation and Invention



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      sample list of current projects  with links to full details and

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Link to new site 3 Under Development

This link will take you to new and current projects which

I  intended to eventually list over 1000 projects




1 Elevator Project

2` Public Transport systems

3  Engine Concept Mk2

4 New IC engine Concept Mk 3

5 Aerospace advanced propulsion systems  

6 Subsea Ice Technology

7 Charged Baloon Lifting System

 8 New dome construction Technique  

  9 Power generation system Mk1

  10 Power Generation Mk2   

   11 New Oil drilling bit concept   

  12 identifying and eradication various pathogens    

  13 Small projects to generate useful income to   advance science and the wellbeing of all .  

 14  ThinkTank or problem solving consultancy of customers requirements

I regularly have a vast amount of ideas which may or may not go anywhere but but I regularly will post some for you comments good or bad

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Thought for the Day

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Medical joint implants replacement technology

Current systems brief history

Joint replacement essentially consists of replacing a knee or hip or
other joint by removing the existing joint and replacing with a metal or
metal composite artificial joint in essence a mechanical mechanism.

These mechanical implants have drawbacks in their range of movement, the
extensive amount of surgery required, the problems associated with
alignment and the sheer cost of the manufacture of such mechanical
constructs. Over all these represent a huge cost to the national health
system including before and after care, they also may need extensive
physiotherapy for a considerable period of time for a patent. They are
normally constructed to a specific size range and rarely fit and
individuals exact fit characteristics.

Proposed system

The proposed system removes all of the above constraints by using the
patientís own damaged joint by reinforcing the said joint, in this
manner the joint may not need to be removed, there is no alignment
problems, no extensive surgery, no restriction of movement, a very
elegant cost effective treatment,a mechanical mechanism is not re
required which will make in most cases artificial joint manufacture
obsolete, the treatment may even if developed be carried out as an out
patent program.

Principle and operation of the technology

It is proposed that rather then remove and implant a metal joint the
existing joint be built up / reinforced by metalizing the existing joint
via a simple electroplating technique. Electro plaiting or electro
forming has over time been refined to a delicate art the amount of metal
deposited may be a few microns to several m/m or in the case of
electroforming a c/m or more.

Consider a gold plated watch the substrate is a common base metal which
is the bulk of the material and provides the strength this is covered
with a few microns of gold the process may take a minute or more the
cover is uniform if care is taken to prevent flashing whilst the plating
is only microns thick it is the base material that provides the strength
the bonding is absolute for example you canít remove the gold plate from
a watch by normal rubbing / friction wear.

Rather than plating a gold watch it is proposed that the ball and joint
of a patent be plated in such an above manner this achieves a number of
goals. The coated joint with suitable plating will not break up like
thin tinfoil as the underlying bone mass will provide the strength like
a gold plated watch.

In the above manner the joint is reinforced or is built up with
sufficient material to replicate the original joint structure, the
plating material may be of a great Varity of available materials.

Consider, there is now no need to produce / manufacture artificial
joints at great cost, there are no alignment problems, there may not be
extensive surgery, loss or restriction of movement.

In feasibility tests simple experiments were carried out using a bone
and joint and associated tissue acquired from the butchers shopthe bone
mass was then subjected to varying degree of damage, the site was
preparedfor electro plating and the process / experiment was carried out
observing the coating and the effect on the surrounding tissue with good
results. It must be pointed out these were very simple tests and used
common plating materials and electrolytes.

However although the test were simple feasibility was proven, it has
long been known and is an excepted manufacturing process were plating
can be carried out on a number of materials i.e. glass, paper, wood, for
instance the helium party balloons you see on sale with the very shiny
reflective surface is of an electroplating technique

It is proposed that the technique used in a patent would be as follows:
a needle is inserted into a damaged knee joint fluid is removed. Next a
suitable fluid masking protein is introduced that only masks tissue, and
a similar, but different protein, is also introduced that only adheres
to the bone structure. the protein that adheres to the bone will be
polar so that it will preferentially attract metallic ions to start the
deposition process.

A suitable electrolyte is then introduced made from conducting body
fluids (consider that saline, and in fact most body fluids contain salts
and will conduct a current suitable for electro plating).

In an insitu operation there may be some out gassing but given the low
current nature and the amount of material to be deposited this will be
low but the site may also be vented it this proves to be a problem.

Sufficient material is then built up to reinforce the affected ball and
or joint or in a less damaged joint were the damaged may consist of a
great number of individualcysts, may be coated i.e. built up to provide
a smooth surface as was the original state of the joint.

It must be pointed out that much research still needs to be carried out,
but the basic principle is outlined above and forms the basis of this
patent application. It must also be pointed out that the same technique
may be used for other reinforcement of body parts

is this the UK's most prolific and brilliant inventor? tony Cuthbert's revolutionary ideas could transform our world. so why aren't they being put into practice?



Last Monday, tony Cuthbert woke up in his reMote weLsh Cottage with an idea. He opened his laptop and tapped out;Hear is an inventoin for a new chuck deavice, using an aloy with a low liuqifactoin temprature;

Inventors normally guard their ideas and try to patent them before talking about them, but Tony, who is dyslexic, doesn't care who knows about Monday's little inspiration. "Having new ideas isn't a problem for me. I come up with a moderately interesting invention every day and a really good one about once a week" He says this without arrogance and with a touch of surprise, as if talking about someone else. "It may be something to do with my dyslexia, but I seem to think differently from other people."

At the age of 65, Tony cannot remember how many bright technological ideas he's had, but he reckons it must run into many thousands, "most of which I've forgotten". Michael Laughton, professor of electrical engineering at London University,

By Tony Edwards

phoTographed BY Tony Edwards who's spent the last 25 years scouring Britain for out-of-the-way inventors, says Cuthbert is unique. Tony is the most prolific and gifted inventor I've come across. Given the right backing, he could surpass Edison's record of a thousand patents.

So how many Cuthbert patents are there? "I've no idea," says Tony. "The documents are somewhere in my work-shop assuming the mice and squirrels haven't eaten them." At our request, he agreed to count them;for the first time. There are 72. "There should be three times that many, but I must have lost some," he says with a shrug.

The rewards for technological creativity are notoriously fickle: Dyson's vacuum cleaner has made its inventor a multimillionaire, but the designer of a simple cardboard milk carton is worth billions. If there were any justice, Tony Cuthbert would now be in that league, for his Clutchless Gearbox alone. And then there's the Cuthbert Turbine, the Cuthbert Metal Separator, the Cuth-

The word about Tony soon spread far beyond Wales to no less than the Ministry of Defence, who have sometimes called upon him for advice. "They sit me in front of 50 or 60 high-powered scientists or engineers with PhDs and degrees, and say, "Tony, we've got a problem with a bit of kit, can you help?" One day it could be what they call novel power sources another day radars, or Chieftain Tanks.

"I've always been able to offer at least a couple of solutions."


And yet Tony lives on the breadline, with just three dogs for company and a state pension his only income the classic struggling lone inventor.

One of Tony's problems is that some of his inventions are so revolutionary they can threaten existing technologies, says Professor Laughton. “That makes it difficult for him to convince the various industries he has tried to interest. Dyson had precisely this problem with his vacuum cleaners and finally had to manufacture the machines himself.

But Cuthbert is not in the entrepreneur mould. just an inventor he says disarmingly."Also, Dyson focused on a single invention, but I have so many different ideas, I cannot concentrate on any one of them long enough."

at school, Cuthbert had been the classic classroom dunce. Profoundly dyslexic, he was bottom of the class in everything apart from science. "More suited for manual labour than mental work," said his final report when he After 18 months he had risen to chief electrical officer at 19, the youngest in the fleet.

"As I had no qualifications, they had to apply for a dispensation to employ me in such a high-powered job," he says. "But I seemed to understand instinctively how things worked. Whenever there were any electrical problems on board, I knew how to fix them. That's how I got the job so young.

He stayed with the Merchant Navy for 20 years, until severe arthritis forced him into early retirement. He bought a tumbledown cottage in a tiny ravine in mid-Wales and set up his own consultancy. He quickly became famous as a local Mr Fixit. If a firm has a technical problem, I can normally offer them two or three solutions within a couple of dayfor almost any kind

But Tony's not content with solving other people's problems. "I find my mind constantly bubbling over with ideas for new inventions," he says, but not trivial things like a new corkscrew. "I like to grapple

with the big stuff."

take the car engine.

Small-time inventors

are fond of engines they have lots of little bits to improve on. But Cuthbert is not a tinkerer.

"There have been only two basic engine designs one by Otto and Benz, the other by Wankel neither very efficient" he says, "so I decided to try and redesign the perfect engine from scratch."

It took him a few months to come up with a novel concept an engine with just two moving parts (a typical car engine has over 100). The heart of it is a pair of wave-shaped discs that rotate when energised by a series of spark plugs. It's a cross between a car engine and a turbine," he says,"and up to 100 times more powerful than either."

He first offered the design to Britain's Perkins Diesel Engine company, whose engineers were initially enthusiastic, but soon rang Tony with bad news. "They told me their finance people had ordered my engine to be dropped, as it would be detrimental to their business" he says. "I guess it was a competitor to their existing products."

Cuthbert had a different reply from a major US aerospace contractor. "They

said they didn't think the turbine would work," he says, "but I heard that one of their subsidiaries was investing thousands in developing it." Cuthbert handled the snub diplomatically. "I didn'tget heavy with them, but offered to help them build it all I wanted was a few hundred quid a month. But they refused. So I got a lawyer involved and they stopped work on it.

But another US company recently got hold of the Cuthbert Turbine idea and is now marketing it. Cuthbert just shrugs. "Oh,

well, no matter; in the meantime, I've come up with a better concept an engine with only one moving part" he says. "And in any case, I've got plenty more ideas."

tony has got used to seeing others develop his ideas. Take his patents for an advanced power-steering system and a protective device for mobile-phone radiation. "I tried to interest manufacturers in these years ago. Now, someone else is doing them." But why isn';t he making money? "I couldn't afford to keep up the patents," he replies.

In Britain, the intellectual property rules are quite inventor-friendly at least initially, as it costs nothing to file a patent. But that dispensation lasts only a year, after which the fees are upwards of £10,000 to keep it going. That's why most inventors need to find investors, but that takes salesmanship.

Lots of people think Tony's a mad professor, with ideas coming out of him in torrents, suggests Mike Glossop of Ferrofluidics, a company Cuthbert has done work for. I might use the same term myself, but as an endearment. He's both an old-fashioned experimental physicist and an extraordinary lateral thinker

Indeed, Tony is no amateur. While his own cottage is spartan to the point of eccentricity, he appears to have spent every penny on his workshop. an Aladdin's cave of spectrum analysers, frequency counters, oscilloscopes, strain gauges, suspension wires, strange liquids, magnets, bicycle wheels and metal sheets and rods. "I've used them all in thousands of experiments," he says.

It was while playing around with magnets and aluminium strips that Tony came up with an invention for skyscrapers: the Cableless Elevator. His idea was that the lift car would float in free space, held aloft by magnetic repulsion against the metal walls of the shaft. A magnetic motor drives the lift up and down. It could revolutionise the way skyscrapers are built, says Dr Gina Barney, a UK expert who's examined a working model. "Its ability to go horizontally and vertically is sensational."

But are any manufacturers interested? Well, yes and no," says CuthertbTwo major lift companies thought it amazing, but said they'd already invested heavily in a different but less-elegant system and it would be difficult to change.  

The idea doesn't end with lifts."In principle, the concept could be used to convert the UK rail network to high-speed magnetic levitation, or maglev, trains," says Cuthbert at a fraction of the cost of current maglev systems.

So, is he working on it ? ;"No," he says excitedly, "because I've come up with a propulsion system that's better even than maglev." "Watch this." He presses a button and two coin-sized discs are flung forward, causing a metal plate to shift position. It doesn't look work, go to"much," he says, but this is a real breakthrough. It appears to break Newton's Third Law of Motion, but it doesn't; it just modifies it. With that, you can float off the ground, travel anywhere even get to Mars in a few hours"

But for the moment, Tony's sights are set on a couple of more earthbound ideas: a leak-proof, deep-sea electrical connector and a bladeless, cordless lawnmower."The technologies are already out there" he says, but no one's put the concepts together before."

How did the US philosopher William James define genius? The faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

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