Project Tinkertoy

The Arts Mechanical

In looking at technology, you frequently find roads not taken, technologies that for many reason, just never happened.  On of those dead ends was the US Navy’s Project Tinkertoy in the early 1950’s. Project Tinkertoy was initiated because the navy was concerned that electronics could not be manufactured fast enough if a major war were to occur.  This was a matter of concern because as WW2 went on, and electronics became heavily used in more and more weapons and communications shortages developed.  The navy wanted to avoid future bottlenecks by developing automated assembly techniques and new ways of manufacturing components in a more modular fashion as shown on the video below.

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