Maudslay Production Lathe, circa 1804

Summary

The work of Henry Maudslay (1771-1831) is fundamental to the development of industrial precision. This is the oldest industrial capacity precision machine tool in the world. Capable of machining to an accuracy of several thousandths of an inch, it enabled Maudslay's company to manufacture tools and engines to unprecedented standards -- and set the stage for even higher levels of precision.

The work of Henry Maudslay (1771-1831) is fundamental to the development of industrial precision. This is the oldest industrial capacity precision machine tool in the world. Capable of machining to an accuracy of several thousandths of an inch, it enabled Maudslay's company to manufacture tools and engines to unprecedented standards -- and set the stage for even higher levels of precision.

Artifact

Lathe

Date Made

circa 1804

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Made in America

Object ID

29.702.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth & Company

Material

Cast iron
Steel (Alloy)
Brass (Alloy)

Dimensions

Width: 27.5 in

Length: 88 in

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