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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Today in History 1813- Interchangeable parts becomes a manufacturing realization

And it was in the firearms industry This is pretty neat-, Gun maker Simeon North suggested that government manufacturing contracts require interchangeable parts. The Army agreed, and he got the first-ever contract with that spec. North is generally acknowledged as the inventor of the earliest primitive milling machine. The mechanism replaced hand-filing in the shaping of metal parts and made interchangeability a practical goal. Before long, he was turning out 10,000 pistols a year.

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