Quality Magazine

Heidenhain Donates Machines to American Precision Museum

September 20, 2011

SCHAUMBURG, IL-–The American Precision Museum (APM) in Windsor, VT is the recent recipient of a 1980s Bridgeport 9 by 48 Series One mill and a new Acu-Rite MILLPWR 3 control, both gifts from their manufacturer, Heidenhain.

The machine tools reside within the 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory, where the concept of interchangeable parts was borne, and gives visitors a look into the history of early machines and their impact on society. In addition to showcasing the largest collection of static historic machine tools in the nation, APM also houses a working machine shop section where now nine pieces of equipment are on demonstration.

Heidenhain’s additions to the museum were delivered to APM this summer, and Heidenhain Product Specialist Danny Vitullo dedicated a week in July to setup and training the summer interns, who are local high school students primarily from the River Valley Technical Center (RVTC. RVTC (Springfield, VT) is in its fourth year of partnering with the museum.

“Here at the American Precision Museum (APM), we need to be able to share the news about the significance of machine tools to the development of our world, as well as into our future” says Ann Lawless, APM executive director, “This wonderful and forward-thinking gift from HEIDENHAIN is now helping us better do that.”

APM’s Working Machine Shop houses equipment from as early as a 1890s hand-operated shaper to a 1990s 3-axis table-top CNC mill for light machines.

Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through October, visitors to the APM will see collections of not only significant machine tools, but also early firearms, measuring devices, sewing machines, typewriters and other unique products of manufacturing. Museum information is available at http://www.americanprecision.org.