New Town Picture Gallery 40: Windsor, Vermont

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House on Common in Windsor, Vermont

The town of Windsor, Vermont has been added to the town picture gallery. Enjoy!

There are now 41 towns featured in the town picture gallery.

Also, a bonus building history–The American Precision Museum

Picture of The American Precision Museum on Main Street in Windsor, Vermont

The American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont

International Mechanical Engineering Heritage Collection

The American Precision Museum

Windsor, Vermont

The Museum contains the largest collection of historically seignificant machine tools in the nation, tracing their evolutionary development from the earliest period. Metal-cutting machine tools bring to their work a degree of strength, guidance, attention, and stamina impossible for the human craftsman. Tools have produced all the machines of the industrial revolution and have made possible each successive advance in transportation, communication, and literally every other aspect of civilization. The leisure for universal education can be traced directly to the productivity of machine tools.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers–1987

Source: Building Plaque

International Mechanical Engineering Heritage Site

Robbins & Lawrence Armory & Machine Shop

1846 Windsor, Vermont

Where Interchangeable Manufacturing Became a Practicality

In fulfilling a contract for 25,000 U.S. Army rifles (Model 1841) and a like quantity for the British government, Robbins & Lawrence was the first to achieve interchangeability of parts on a fully practical level providing the basis fro all subsequent mass production of machine products. This was made possible by the systematic improvement and refinement of existing standard and special-purpose machine tools, enabling them to perform with the close-limit precision essential for “repeatability” and thus interchangeability. Simultaneously the firm introduced the milling machine and the turrent lathe into routine commercial usage for production manufacturing. The soical implication s of this technological revolution have been universal.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers–1987

Source: Building Plaque

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