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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 over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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