- Thomas Blanchard
name = Thomas Blanchard
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June 24, 1788
April 16, 1864
nationality = American
footnotes = Thomas Blanchard (
June 24, 1788– April 16, 1864) was a prolific American inventor, awarded over twenty-five patents for his creations.
Sutton, Massachusetts, his first machine, made and patented in 1806, was a mechanical tack-maker, which could fabricate five hundred tacks per minute, each much better than tacks made by hand. Selling the rights to his machine for $5,000, Blanchard turned his attention to gun-barrels, and invented a machine that streamlined the process. Hired by the Springfield Armoryduring its construction, Blanchard finished the machine in 1820. Turning his attention to transportation, Blanchard invented a "steam wagon" before the invention of railroads, and created a powerful upriver steamboat that was used on the Connecticut Riverand the West, patented in 1831. In 1851, he designed and created a machine that could bend dense and strong wood. In addition to these major accomplishments, Blanchard also designed multiple envelope cutting and folding machines before his death in 1864.
*X0002080 Horizontal shearing machine May 4, 1813 (patent destroyed by fire)
*X0003010 Machine for tacks and brads October 3, 1817 (patent destroyed by fire)
* [http://patimg1.uspto.gov/.piw?docid=X0003131 X0003131] Turning irregular forms (image only, no text) "Patented September 6, 1819"
*X0003436 Machine for turning gun stocks September 6, 1819 (patent destroyed by fire)
*X0004832 Regulating the speed of carriages December 28, 1825 (patent destroyed by fire)
*US Patent|3 Machine for turning, &c., wooden sheaves and pins for ships' tackle-blocks and pulleys, "dated August 1, 1836"
*US Patent|4 Stock shaving or rounding machine for edges, ends, &c., of ships' tackle-blocks, "dated August 10, 1836"
*US Patent|5 Machine for mortising solid wooden shells of ships' tackle-blocks, "dated August 10, 1836"
*US Patent|6 Machine for forming end pieces of plank blocks for ships, &c. "dated August 10, 1836"
*US Patent|7 Machine for boring holes and cutting lanyard-scores in deadeyes. "dated August 10, 1836"
*US Patent|8 Machine for cutting scoress round ships' tackle-blocks and dead-eyes. "dated August 10, 1836"
*US Patent|9 Method of riveting plank or made blocks. "dated August 10, 1836"
NAME= Blanchard, Thomas
DATE OF BIRTH=
June 24 1788
PLACE OF BIRTH=Sutton,
Massachusetts, United States
DATE OF DEATH=
April 16 1864
PLACE OF DEATH=
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