Cubic Corporation EDM (Cubitape)

The DM-60, introduced in 1971, is a lightweight, infrared EDM, with a short range (distances from 1 foot to 1 mile) and a digital readout. New, it cost $3,988. This example is marked "CUBITAPE MODEL DM-60F SERIAL NO. 305 PATENT No. 3728025 CUBIC INDUSTRIAL CORP. a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA." The patent (#3,728,025) for "Optical Distance Measuring Equipment" is dated April 17, 1973. The trademark for the name "Cubitape" is dated January 8, 1974. Cubic Industrial Corporation was in business from 1971 to 1975. The DM-60 was remarkably successful. This example was used in Alaska, perhaps in association with the petroleum pipeline. The U. S. Army Engineers used many instruments of this sort for construction work, as well as for topographic and mapping surveys.
Ref: "Infrared Surveying Instrument is Automatic," Engineering News Record 186 (6 May 1971): 44.
Advertisement in Civil Engineering 41 (Sept. 1971): 26.
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Object Name
date made
Cubic Corporation
overall: 10 1/2 in x 14 in x 10 in; 26.67 cm x 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
United States: California, San Diego
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
American Society of Civil Engineers. Civil Engineering

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