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.

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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