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.

      James Nasmyth
      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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