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MAKE contributor Steve Lodefink is guest blogging on Mister Jalopy and Mark Frauenfelder’s Dinosaurs and Robots blog. Sample post:

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.

MIT’s Experimental 1955 CNC Mill – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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