Showing posts with label tool history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tool history. Show all posts

Sunday, January 14, 2018

From Hand Tool To Industrial Robot

So taking a break from all this great football to upload a good read I put together last night. You don't have to like history if you like tools to enjoy this read. Long time ago I was given a badly water damaged book that was falling apart by a used book dealer. It was unsalvageable, I can't remember who wrote or even the name of the book but I held on to chapter three in one of my binders because it dealt with two of my interests, history and tools. The article deals with the development of machine tools from roman times to the present in 30 large pages.The short history lesson keeps you interested with short descriptions and interesting pictures of old machines.

For a quick interesting read click From Hand Tool To Industrial Robot to download, 8 MB, pdf.

Here is a picture of a machine sketched by Leanardo Da Vinci to speed the hammering out of files. A major shop tool ( the file) then and now.

The first machine considered "the first real machine tool" was built by John Wilkinson in 1775, and was actually a combination machine comprising two huge boring mills for boring cylinders a face plate lathe and a between centers lathe, all run by a large centerally located water wheel.

Happy reading.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Tools For The Job" by L.T.C. Rolt

"Tools For The Job" here is a great book on the history and development of machine tools. Written in 1965 it covers the development of machine tools up to but short of computerization.

Along with the development of machine tools, the inventors and developers are also covered from Henry Maudslay to Nasmyth, Whitworth, Whitney and Samuel Colt and the development of interchangeable manufacture.

You will find lots of pictures and illustrations throughout, of some amazing old machines. If you like tools and the history of how they came to be, you will like this. The pictures below are from my original copy which I found in the used market many years ago.

"Tools For The Job" can be downloaded on my Books - Free Downloads page. # 24 - 9 MB - djvu