Inventor James Nasmyth of Manchester, England, applied for a patent (in 1842) for a Steam Forge Hammer. As they say “Inventions / innovations are born out of nessecity”… Nothing could be more true in this case. As the story goes, “Nasmyth was commissioned by shipbuilder lsambard Kingdom Brunel to forge a huge iron drive shaft for the steamship Great Britain. The shaft being too large to forge by manual methods, Nasmyth designed and built a huge hammer powered by steam.”
James Nasmyth invention was quickly adopted by other manufacturers, enabled the fabrication of larger iron works than had ever been possible.
- Steam hammer – Wikipedia
A steam hammer is a large industrial hammer used for tasks such as shaping forgings and … In the 20th century steam hammers were gradually displaced in forging by mechanical and hydraulic presses, but some are still in use.
- Forging on a steam hammer – YouTube
- MACHINECO – FORGING EQUIPMENT
List of types with images
- WEBSITE OFFLINE – Article availabe via the Wayback Machine – Nasmyth steam hammer, c.1850 – Making the Modern World
By 1839, when James Nasmyth devised the steam hammer, the increasing scale of nineteenth-century engineering was outstripping available forging techniques.
- James Nasmyth – Wikipedia
James Nasmyth was born at 47 York Place, Edinburgh where his father Alexander Nasmyth was a landscape and portrait painter.