So much for having a productive day. The morning went well, with Greg and I roughing out a design for the process editor, and then starting to implement it; implementation quickly recursed down into working on the basic Equipment and EquipmentTemplate classes. Just before I went for lunch, the Leica technician showed up, and I wound up sitting in a cleanroom suit for 5 bloody hours without any lunch, in order to babysit him. At least we now have a working wafer handler, for automatically picking up silicon wafers out of a cassette, aligning them, and putting them on the microscope stage. The intention is to eventually support inspecting an entire cassette using the Remote Microscope system.
By the time he left it was 6PM, and I was so aggravated at losing the entire half-day that I just stormed out without trying to do anything else. My boss Michael handed out copies of this MIT Technology Review article on the MEMS-based optical switches that are really hot right now.