A Selection of Ennex Projects

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Ennex underwent a radical change in focus in 2007. Since 1975, Ennex has been taking on extraordinary challenges and opportunities. For more than 30 years, the primary focus was on developing new concepts in advanced technology. However, in 2007, troubling events in the world caused a shift of attention from technology to human issues. Out of a long process of exploration and consideration, a new project emerged that was as different as any could be from previous endeavors.

The following is a list of some of the interesting projects undertaken over the years, counting back from the present. Click on any item in the list to be taken to a brief description below. Many of the descriptions include links to sources of more information.

Sex laws research
2007 to now, SOL Research, Los Angeles, CA
operated by Ennex Corporation

After more than 30 years on the forefront of advanced technology development, a shift of attention to human issues led to research on a subject that most people prefer not to talk about: sex laws and the circumstances of people who have been convicted of sex crimes. Five startling findings have emerged:

Two websites have been established to provide more information on the research findings: SOLresearch.org and ConsentingJuveniles.com.

Concepts for innovation prizes, Ennex Corporation for X Prize, 2005..06Concepts for innovation prizes
2005..06, Ennex Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Client: X Prize Foundation

After the $10 million Ansari X Prize was awarded for the first private spacecraft in 2004, the X Prize Foundation expanded its charter to launch prizes in other breakthrough fields. Ennex helped X Prize explore possibilities for new prizes in education, genomics, nanotechnology, and water.

Course on digital manufacturing by Marshall Burns, University of Southern California, 2005College course on digital manufacturing
2005, Marshall Burns, Los Angeles, CA
Client: University of Southern California

The University of Southern California asked Ennex founder Marshall Burns to develop a course to teach the upcoming generation of engineers the basic concepts and technical details of digital manufacturing, including computer-aided design, shape digitization, and digital fabrication. The course was taught in two version, for undergraduate and graduate students.

Web-based training software for Technicolor by Ennex Corporation, 2003Web-based training software
2003, Ennex Corporation, Santa Barbara, CA

When Hollywood icon Technicolor needed to revamp its customer service process, we created the Web-based software that improved its representatives’ productivity and accuracy.

See the website developed for Technicolor.

NanoCoast report by Marshall Burns, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2003Regional opportunities in nanotechnology
2003, Ennex Corporation, Santa Barbara, CA
Client: University of California at Santa Barbara

Ennex Corporation conducted a study of nanotechnology business opportunities and their potential economic effect on the California Central Coast, from Thousand Oaks to San Luis Obispo, in both the short and longer terms. The study was conducted in 2003 for for the University of California at Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering and Center for Entrepreneurship & Engineering Management.

See the report and presentation developed in this study.

Viral marketing report by Marshall Burns, CallWave, 2002Viral marketing
2002, Marshall Burns, Santa Barbara, CA

Viral marketing campaign for CallWave, Inc., an Internet telephony venture. Viral marketing uses technology to encourage today’s customers to bring in tomorrow’s. It’s the modern incarnation of “word-of-mouth” advertising, the best promotion there is.

See the nonproprietary portion of CallWave’s report.

2000..03, Ennex Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Ennex developed a dialect of JavaScript for easy use and development of interactively configurable Web pages.

Los Angeles Nanotechnology Study Group
1996..98, Ennex Fabrication Technologies, Los Angeles, CA

Ken Hayworth and Marshall Burns of Ennex Fabrication and Tom McCarthy of USC started the LA NSG, modeled on a similar group in the San Francisco Bay Area. The original program was to get together once a month to discuss successive chapters of Eric Drexler’s NanoSystems. When we got to the end of the book, we decided to keep going with journal papers suggested by members for each meeting. The meetings started at Caltech in Pasadena and later moved to the Ennex offices near UCLA. Attendance was mainly graduate students and engineers. (The dates listed above are approximate.)

Cover of "Automated Fabrication" by Marshall Burns, 1993Fabbing the Future
1991..2000, Ennex Fabrication Technologies, Los Angeles, CA
later Ennex Corporation

In the 1980s, a number of technologies were developed that used digital data and raw materials to make arbitrary, three-dimensional, solid objects. Known at the time mostly as “rapid prototyping,” these technologies had far more potential than that name suggested. Marshall Burns wrote the first major book on this subject, calling it Automated Fabrication, and started Ennex Fabrication Technologies to promote a vision of “digital fabricators” setting people free from the confines of mass manufacturing. Burns was invited to speak at conferences from Japan to Nigeria and consulted to IBM, Dow Chemical, the US Navy, and numerous other clients on how to use or develop “fabbers” for manufacturing, medical, modeling, and other applications. Twenty years later, the technology has started to attract popular interest, now more commonly known as “3D printing.”

Read the story.

"EnnexC" by Marshall Burns, 1991Ennex C
1988..91, Marshall Burns sponsored by Ennex Technology Marketing, Inc., Austin, TX

In the 1980s, the language of choice for state of the art computer programming was called “C”. C allowed for the fastest, tightest executables possible without writing directly in the language of the processor chip. It also allowed for the manipulation of the execution environment, giving the programmer more control over the run-time process than most other languages. Research sponsored by Ennex Technology developed a library of header files and utility functions that formed a dialect of C for easy use and debugging in scientific research.

Read the dissertation appendix that explained the basic concepts, plus another appendix that explained the use of the first generation of Microsoft “Word” for formatting large, technical documents.

Quantum chaos article by Marshall Burns on cover of "Computers in Physics," 1992Data mining by computer graphics
1988..91, Marshall Burns sponsored by Ennex Technology Marketing, Inc., Austin, TX

The challenge of physics has always been to see patterns in the flood of information all around us. While the amount of data generated in modern experiments climbs higher and higher, computers allow us to manipulate these data much faster and more creatively, so that we can see patterns that would otherwise be hopelessly lost.
     The hydrogen atom is one of the simplest possible physical systems, yet when it is stretched out and perturbed by microwaves it exhibits highly complex behavior resembling chaos. But the hydrogen atom lives in the realm of quantum mechanics, while chaos is typically defined in terms that don’t apply to such systems.
     Research sponsored by Ennex Technology developed four generations of computer graphical simulations to discover behavior of the hydrogen atom at the interface between quantum and classical mechanics, thus helping to explain the meaning of chaos in quantum mechanics.

See the resources related to this research.

Marshall Burns Computer Sales ad for IBM Personal Computer, Los Angeles Times, 1982Birth of the PC clone
1982..83, Marshall Burns Computer Sales, Pasadena, CA
later Ennex Technology Marketing, Inc., Austin, TX

Marshall Burns Computer Sales of Pasadena, CA,* was first to market in May 1982 with a generic brand personal computer built around the proprietary technology of the revolutionary IBM Personal Computer. Components were sourced from IBM and its vendors or equivalents and custom assembled into complete systems for customers. Prices were kept low by direct marketing without a storefront, by low inventories, and by requiring payment COD. All units underwent 24-hour quality testing before being shipped, resulting in zero returns. (* Later Ennex Technology Marketing, Inc., Austin, TX.)

Read the story.

Instant-Replay Photography
1975, Ennex Corp., Toronto, Canada
dba Channel One Productions

Inspired by the launch of the revolutionary Polaroid SX-70, the first camera with film that “developed itself,” Channel One Productions operated amusement park concessions using a video feedback system to allow customers to compose their pictures before they were snapped.