Also known as the Sikarian Trajector Matrix from Voyager S1E9 “Prime Factors”. The prop was altered some for Voyager though, with different end details and a repaint on the curved bits. The curved ends were gray in TNG and metallic on Voyager.
This prop appeared in 3 episodes of TNG, first appearing as the superconducting magnet SCM Model 3 in S2E10 “The Dauphin”. The best views of it start around the 3:30 mark when Wesley exits the turbolift. It briefly appears in the TNG episodes “Conundrum” in Riker’s quarters, and “Schisms” as an alien device.
I attempted to snap some shots of it from the tv, but if someone has some better skills at screen grabs please add them to the discussion. The first 3 are from The Dauphin, the last one is from Prime Factors.
In the Voyager version, the red window on the side was activated by pressing the small black button on the top.
For both versions of the prop, the ribbed sides appear to be translucent.
So…does anyone have any ideas or knowledge on this prop? How was it constructed? Model parts, found items, build from scratch, maybe a bit of all of those? I always thought this was a cool looking prop, and I’d love to attempt to build one, assuming it’s within my abilities.