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Automatic Lathe, 1871
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Automatic Lathe, 1871

This screw machine produced the screws used in pocket watches that were popular in the late 1800’s early 1900s. This machine replaced several manual operations. A series of circular cams and followers convert rotary motion into linear motion.

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About ‘Achieving Repeatability’ Kits
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About ‘Achieving Repeatability’ Kits

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

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F. P. Lovejoy, 1904
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F. P. Lovejoy, 1904

Manufactured by FP Lovejoy, Springfield, VT, Pat’d Nov 22, 1904.   Do you know what this object is?     Some of the guesses we’ve heard at the front desk […]

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Machine of the Month:  Lincoln Mill
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Machine of the Month: Lincoln Mill

We have three milling machines and a drawing that go together in interesting ways. Frederic W. Howe was a supervisor here at Robbins & Lawrence.  He had a very inventive […]

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APM & Sparkshop: Energy Transfer
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APM & Sparkshop: Energy Transfer

APM is proud to present Sparkshop designed curricula for upper elementary: designed for remote learning, in-person learning, or a hybrid. This curriculum set includes the following lessons and is aligned […]

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Patterns and Molds
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Patterns and Molds

A pattern is the master copy of a design. Wooden patterns like these could have been used hundreds of times before losing their shape. Flat back patterns, like these wrenches, […]

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Parker Press, c. 1870
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Parker Press, c. 1870

MECHANICAL PRESS, Parker Bros., Meriden Conn, c. 1870 This is one of our most commented-on machines.  It looks so good!  Our documents don’t tell how it came to have such […]

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Ballistic Chronograph, 1915
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Ballistic Chronograph, 1915

BALLISTIC CHRONOGRAPH
James Pitkin & Co, London, C 1915, Le Boulenge type.

This clever device measures the speed of bullets.

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12 Machines of Christmas
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12 Machines of Christmas

Twelve of our favorite machines profiled here.

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Heim Centerless Grinder, 1918
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Heim Centerless Grinder, 1918

 In Robert V. Jacobs’ biography, Lewis R. Heim, Mechanical Genius of Modern Industry,  Jacobs describes Heim as “a mechanical genius and industrial entrepreneur whose many inventions helped usher in the […]

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