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Treadle and Pedal Powered Grinders
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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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Protected: Measure the World Unit
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Protected: Measure the World Unit

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Brown & Sharpe Micrometer, 1878
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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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Protected: Experimenting with Energy Unit
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Protected: Experimenting with Energy Unit

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Achieving Repeatability Kits
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Achieving Repeatability 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. In […]

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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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Logarithmic Slide Rule
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Logarithmic Slide Rule

Let’s assume that you haven’t ever considered how to make a slide rule.  We have a machine at the Museum that did make them. It worked for the Keuffel & […]

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Simple Aerospace
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Simple Aerospace

What forces and materials help airplanes fly? This summer camp theme explores Simple Aerospace. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Principles of Flight: Forces and Axes From NASA: Principles of […]

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Reducing Friction
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Reducing Friction

Why does friction matter when using machines? This summer camp theme explores friction and smoothness. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Bearings From Try Engineering from IEEE. Bearings are found […]

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