Post by Guy G4DWV 4X1LT
On Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:22:37 +0100, just as I was about to take a
herb, "Gareth's Upstairs Computer"
Post by Gareth's Upstairs Computer
Having yesterday sorted out my small hand tools drawer
Knacker of the Yard has been duly informed.
Horologising this morning, and even in a clock, the bits are very small to
handle. Bought from a junk shop a black "marble" French clock to
practice upon. The pendulum is missing and half the suspension
spring too. Had to resort to the staking tool to knock out the
tiny pin in the Vallet suspension block, which itself has been
sitting in a bath of WD40 for a couple of days,
Bring back those body-tip-spot resistors the size of half a
cigarette, I say!
Makes me think about the lack of miniaturised tools; consider the billions
of atoms present, then by reducing tools such as lathes and mills by a
of, say, 100, and there should still be sufficient metal remaining to do a
good job. Sure, we might need a microscope and a manipulator to use
such tools, but the subsequent ease for watchmaking and the like should
The accurate lathes etc of today were themselves brought about
through use of their less accurate forefathers, so whereas our first
at miniaturisation might be somewaht scabby, now we know the process
to follow (which Maudsley et al had no experience of) how quickly could
we produce a series of improvements resulting in accurate tools to reproduce
with ease the components of watches?