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wombatmobile · 2020-10-05 · Original thread
I didn't know about the Whitworth 3 plates method and enjoyed reading about it a lot. It answers a question that's been on my mind since I was a child. Thank you for posting.

Simon Winchester wrote an enjoyable book about the history of precision that starts with Wilkinson’s boring of steam cylinders to improve upon the efficiency of the first steam engines and rifles, through engineering history to ASML’s nano-level IC fab machines.

In America, it's called The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Elsewhere, the title of the same book is Exactly.

kazen44 · 2020-09-18 · Original thread
the lathe is basically the one machine required to kickstart the industrial revolution. (and a way to drive it ofcourse).

Also, three surfaces that can be ground truely flat is also vital.

i can highly recommend the youtube series "machine thinking" if you have interest in this[0], aswell as the book "the perfectionist"

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bookofjoe · 2020-01-20 · Original thread
If you like this book you'll love "The Perfectionists" by Simon Winchester;

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