Machine Tool Pics


Recently I created a post about the history of machine tools. Here’s that post.

Since I did that post I’ve found some great pictures, links  and videos of the tools and how they  changed over the years.

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How “How It’s Made” is Produced

How It’s Made” is a quirky program on the Science channel. What it is a demonstration of how various products are made.  Each segment is about 5 minutes long and on the cable channel the program will have four or so to make up the 20 minute show(1/2 hour with commercials). Here’s a short segment from a typical show. This one is for vacuum rated ball valves.

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Designing machined Parts. A “Let’s Build” Resource

Ran into this excellent post on designing machined parts for manufacturing. the excellent post is from OMW Corp, a job shop in California. The link is below.  If you need some machining work done in CA, they look like a good place to go.  It’s a good guide to how to design parts for machining. There’s no great rocket science here, just common sense and understanding the tools and how they work.

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Making Micro Stuff In Micro Factories

A revolution in manufacturing is coming. The power of automation and the dropping of the costs of tools is going to change the landscape of how thing get made.  How this going to happen and what the impact will be will probably have as large an impact as the industrial revolution did back in the late 18th Century.

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Making Sheet Metal Toys

After the “Ghost” post I did a little more research on sheet metal toys for an upcoming post on sheet metal fabrication I’ve been working on for the “Let’s Build” series. I thought that I would share the videos I found. Here’s a video of the entire process.

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