The Shaper: for Iron works

Around 1826 an Inventor by the name of James Nasmyth of Manchester, England, invented the Shaper. This machine used a reciprocating cutter or chisel to plane areas of the workpiece to absolute straightness. It even was able to cut keyways and other precisely shaped holes as needed.

Date:
      1826
Name(s):
      James Nasmyth
Occupation:
      Inventor
Location:
      Manchester, England


Additional Information:

  • Shaper | Origin
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  • Shaper – Wikipedia
    A shaper is a type of machine tool that uses linear relative motion between the workpiece and a single-point cutting tool to machine a linear toolpath. Its cut is analogous to that of a lathe, except that it is (archetypally) linear instead of helical.
  • Shaper – YouTube
  • James Nasmyth – Wikipedia
    James Nasmyth was born at 47 York Place, Edinburgh where his father Alexander Nasmyth was a landscape and portrait painter.

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