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Mechanical Marvels
Pop-Up Exhibit

Mechanical Marvels

Each one of these devices uses mechanical principles to achieve a function. Some objects are “consumer end products,” and others are “behind the scenes” mechanisms necessary to create the wonderful […]

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Machine of the Month: Bridgeport Serial No. 1
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Bridgeport Serial No. 1

The First Bridgeport Many who read this will already be familiar with the First Bridgeport, which we proudly display. There are some features on it that aren’t widely known about […]

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Machine of the Month: Frederick Howe’s Horizontal Milling Machine

Machine of the Month: Frederick Howe’s Horizontal Milling Machine

We have an old milling machine on exhibit that was made here, designed by Fredrick W. Howe, a plant manager for Robbins & Lawrence. It’s being driven by a belt […]

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Machine of the Month: The Silent Salesman
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: The Silent Salesman

  This machine was made here sometime between 1876 to 1888. We know that because of the company name that it uses. In 1869-70, what is now the Museum’s building […]

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Spooky Story Contest Winners

Spooky Story Contest Winners

Happy Halloween from American Precision Museum! Our Spooky Story Contest has come to a close, and we are delighted to announce our winners: Audrey Dion and Bob Hall. Thank you, […]

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Machine of the Month: Photostat Machine
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Photostat Machine

The Photostat brand machine, differing in operation from its competitor, Rectigraph but with the same purpose of the photographic copying of documents, was invented in Kansas City by Oscar T. […]

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Treadle and Pedal Powered Grinders
Machine of the Month

Treadle and Pedal Powered Grinders

People have been grinding materials to process food, smooth surfaces, and sharpen tools for tens of thousands of years. Archeologists have found ancient grinding stones, which are rough rocks typically […]

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Measure the World Kits

Measure the World Kits

The American Precision Museum, in collaboration with SparkShop, has developed a series of free kits that give 4th- to 6th -grade students a hands-on introduction to Manufacturing, STEM, and Design. […]

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Protected: Measure the World Unit
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Protected: Measure the World Unit

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Brown & Sharpe Micrometer, 1878
Machine of the Month

Brown & Sharpe Micrometer, 1878

This is believed to be the original machine made by Brown & Sharpe to use in their plant to measure the high precision products they made, such as gage blocks.

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