Monday, March 03, 2008

MIT's Experimental 1955 CNC Mill

This 1955 Popular Science article shows us the dawn of the CNC machine tool age. Sure, the history is super interesting, but I can't stop looking at the cute little tape-munching computers in the opening spread.

The comic depicts a home shop machinist sitting in an easy chair in his woodshop, enjoying a book while he waits for the machines to spit out a perfectly carved wooden furiture leg. The author of the article can't quite decide if such a machine will ever be made small enough for home use, but as we have seen, indeed it has.