Machine Tools And The Men Who Created Them.

The Arts Mechanical

Back when I started this blog I posted some pics from the Watts Campbell factory in Newark NJ, a more or less early 20th Century steam engine factory that was stuck in amber for fifty years.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/the-treasure-chest/

One of the goals I’ve had for this blog is to bring the obscure histories of fundamental technologies to life again.  After the mess of the election and the economy  I thought that I would explore the history of the machine tool industry and how it came to be in Britain and The US. Here’s a History Channel video.

What makes machine tools different from the jewelers, instrument and wood cutting lathes that had been around for centuries is that in a machine tool the cutting bit is held rigidly in a clamp rather than held by hand.  This means that the work of the cutting bit need to have some way to move either…

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