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I used to work in a tile shop in the the 1980s and we were given an ultrasound tile cutter to review/demonstrate.
Could of be given by Trimline when they used operate from an old post office sorting office in Forest Hill ??
It looked like one of those electric grout removal tools with a carbide tip
I must admit that it did not work that well as it claim was to cut curvy lines in tiles. ( Will ask next time in shop if he still has it because he still has tile stocks from the 80s)
I just wondered what became of this innovative idea
So i did some Googling and


"Dr Young’s innovative device for cutting ceramic tiles incorporating an ultrasonically-vibrating tungsten carbide tip. An orthopaedic surgeon who saw the tile-cutter being demonstrated on BBC’s Tomorrow's World in 1988 , called the company to see if the same technology could be harnessed for removing bone cement from revision hip replacements. Patent applications were quickly filed, and this groundbreaking technology known as OSCAR, was put to use in the form of the LOTUS ultrasonic scalpel."
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Yep halfway down Devonshire Road


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I remember the post office Looked like a horror movie in there
 
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Bill

I used a Sonic tool to remove broken tiles grouted with epoxy in pools and also in food prep areas. Worked OK for me.
 

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I used to work in a tile shop in the the 1980s and we were given an ultrasound tile cutter to review/demonstrate.
Could of be given by Trimline when they used operate from an old post office sorting office in Forest Hill ??
It looked like one of those electric grout removal tools with a carbide tip
I must admit that it did not work that well as it claim was to cut curvy lines in tiles. ( Will ask next time in shop if he still has it because he still has tile stocks from the 80s)
I just wondered what became of this innovative idea
So i did some Googling and


"Dr Young’s innovative device for cutting ceramic tiles incorporating an ultrasonically-vibrating tungsten carbide tip. An orthopaedic surgeon who saw the tile-cutter being demonstrated on BBC’s Tomorrow's World in 1988 , called the company to see if the same technology could be harnessed for removing bone cement from revision hip replacements. Patent applications were quickly filed, and this groundbreaking technology known as OSCAR, was put to use in the form of the LOTUS ultrasonic scalpel."
:D
 

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I used to work in a tile shop in the the 1980s and we were given an ultrasound tile cutter to review/demonstrate.
Could of be given by Trimline when they used operate from an old post office sorting office in Forest Hill ??
It looked like one of those electric grout removal tools with a carbide tip
I must admit that it did not work that well as it claim was to cut curvy lines in tiles. ( Will ask next time in shop if he still has it because he still has tile stocks from the 80s)
I just wondered what became of this innovative idea
So i did some Googling and


"Dr Young’s innovative device for cutting ceramic tiles incorporating an ultrasonically-vibrating tungsten carbide tip. An orthopaedic surgeon who saw the tile-cutter being demonstrated on BBC’s Tomorrow's World in 1988 , called the company to see if the same technology could be harnessed for removing bone cement from revision hip replacements. Patent applications were quickly filed, and this groundbreaking technology known as OSCAR, was put to use in the form of the LOTUS ultrasonic scalpel."
:D
I remember seeing the tile cutter on Tomorrows World. It won the Prince of Wales award for innovation. Prince Charles used it to cut a piece of tile to complete the fleur-de-lis. It looked amazing and would be the only tile cutter you’d ever need. I read somewhere on the internet a few years ago, that the inventor sold the Patent and bought a wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe.
 

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Great video!! I have seen a lot of old Tomorrow's Worlds and I always find it so interesting when what they show is in every day life now. I am sure I saw one with an automatic door on.
 

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