Some of us do love the snow! And winter provides time to reflect and look beyond our walls for inspiration. I hope you will see the film Hidden Figures. This is the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
A Look Forward at APM
Many projects are in the works thanks to friends and partners. Volunteer Greg Young from Sunapee NH is starting on a working model of our site’s 1846 waterpower system. Greg's models always generate curiosity and awe at our Model Show.
We’ve learned a lot in our Tinkering series working with Windsor kids after school. It’s time to push our experience out Stand by for a STEM 101 Workshop for childrens’ librarians!
We’re planning a spring tune-up for our beloved Aschauer models. A few years ago we re-connected with Tom McCune from Winchendon MA. He still has the original block he made to fuse the belts, working alongside museum founder Ed Battison.
From the Collections
Roy Bryant worked for James Hartness at Jones & Lamson Machine Company in Springfield, Vermont as a draftsman, and subsequently, chief engineer. Bryant developed a precision cylindrical grinder while working for J&L. James Hartness, president of J&L, encouraged Bryant to start his own company to produce the machine, which became the Bryant Chucking Grinder Company
Bryant’s machines hold their cylindrical workpiece in a chuck and bring grinding wheels onto the various surfaces of the workpiece, giving them fine finishes and tight control over their dimensions.
The grinder that we will be displaying beginning this season is Bryant’s second model. It dates from about 1920. Bryant’s first model grinder came out in 1909 and is significantly larger, both in workpiece capacity and machine size.
Bryant’s machines of this era were especially in demand by aircraft, automotive and military equipment manufacturers.
The restoration and display of this machine was initiated, driven and in large part performed by Don Whitney, a retired gear engineer and a former member of the American Precision Museum’s board of trustees.
Don Shattuck has provided space, equipment and expertise for the project. Shattuck is owner and operator of Gear Works Inc. of Springfield, Vermont, a precision machine tool rebuilding service.
Corporate Member Spotlight
Founded by Gene Haas in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than $22 million to deserving charities and educational institutions. The foundation was formed to fund the needs of the local community, and to support manufacturing education. The foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs, as well as supports youth programs that inspire young people to consider manufacturing careers. Additionally, in 2014, the Gene Haas Foundation has leveraged more than $1.5 million in grants for veterans training. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Tools & Technology Archives
This month we are featuring Part Two of SEARCHES FOR BETTER MANUFACTURING METHODS by Ed Battison. This was the cover article in the 1979 Winter Edition of the publication. Read online or download the article (PDF)