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Eli Whitney and Interchangeable Parts The year was 1765 One of the most influential inventors in American history Eli Whitney was born in Westboro Massachusetts He contributed some of the greatest innovations to American society There are many different situations that helped shape or inspire Eli Being exposed to his fathers workshop Eli accumulated an immense amount of knowledge on craftsmanship and mechanics During college Whitneys experiences at Yale also had many influences on him When his pursuit of a law degree failed he began to become distracted by his affinity for mechanics He also received an education involving advanced science and graduated with honors Whitney was probably most influenced though by earlier attempts at mass production The British textile manufacturing process inspired him as did a French man named LeBlanc who had attempted the process of interchangeability but died before seeing its effect Even though Eli was not certain if it was his own genuine concept he did obtain credit for putting the process into action Though perhaps best known for his invention of the cotton gin Eli Whitneys greatest accomplishment was successfully introducing interchangeable parts to America Until then every rifles part had been hand made thus the parts of one gun did not fit any other gun Whitney made the parts to his rifles so nearly identical that the machine parts could be interchangeable from one gun to another For each part of the gun a template was made Whitney then invented a machine that allowed a man to cut metal according to a pattern It was composed of a wheel with its cutting teeth that were driven around the edge of the template No expert mechanical skill was needed This machine was known as the milling machine He first tested his invention on muskets The federal governments investment and support enabled Whitney to prove the feasibility of his system and establish it as the leading source of the modern assembly
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