Make a Tool

What tool do you need to solve your problem?

About 5000 years ago, craftsmen in the Middle East started heating metal and pounding it into useful shapes such as nails for construction. Each nail, made by hand, was considered valuable and was used again and again.

In 1777, Jeremiah Wilkinson made it easier to make nails by inventing a machine that cut them from sheets of iron. Finally, in the early 1800s, the first machine for making nails from wire was developed. Because of these continual tooling improvements, nails can be made very inexpensively and in tremendous quantities.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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