Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    New Member magiccitymatt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Birmingham, AL
    DIY Gathered End with bug sock
    DIY Flat 11"
    Evazote pad
    DIY Whoopie Slings

    Wow, I don't think i will ever swear at my thread injector again

    Apparently the textile industry of Massachusetts helped get the Apollo missions off the ground by hand stitching their core memory "ropes" which contained all of the data for the entire mission with thread width wires and magnets.

    Affectionally known as "LOLs," those women came from Waltham's textile mills and watch factory.

    "There was a big watch industry in Waltham back in the '40s and '50s," Poundstone said. "When that kind of collapsed, electronics came along and a lot of the ladies that had been assembling watches came over into the electronics world."

    Manufacturing the core ropes could be tedious. Two women sat on either side of a rack containing a number of small doughnut-shaped magnets. The women would pass the wire back and forth through holes indicated by a computer-controlled guide.

    "Every bit had to be sewn with a needle and a thread-like wire through these little magnetic cores," said Mindell. "There were all these women sitting at these stations threading the needles, sewing the software bit, by bit, by bit, into the cores and they had to do it with 100 percent accuracy with thousands and thousands of different bits."
    They would sew the entire thing with absolutely zero errors hours before each mission. If somebody messed up the whole thing was scrapped and they started over.
    And here we though we were under pressure just making sure these things hold us up a few inches. Sheesh

    "The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground"

    Pure Clover - Not always so sweet. One man's views on The outdoors, and Finding ones own path.

    AlaTrails - An online community for Alabama Trail Enthusiasts

  2. #2
    Senior Member Bradley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    West Kootenay, BC
    NX-150 TX-150
    Z-Liner & DIY Pads
    I like that the space suits were made by

    non other that . . .

    . . . The playtex Living Bra Co.

    They had the only material that could stretch both ways . . .
    Bradley SaintJohn
    Flat Bottom Canoe
    Start A Biz

    The Transition from Ground Sleeping to Hammocks
    is the Conversion from Agony To Ecstasy,
    and Curing Ground-In-somnia.

    "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show you great and mighty things . . ." Jeremiah 33:3

  3. #3
    Senior Member rjcress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Central NC
    DIY FrankenBird + 5 other DIYs
    DIY Sil Ogee, etc.
    IX UQ & TQ +fleece
    DIY whoopies
    Nice story, but I'm sad to report that I'm sure I'll still swear at my TI.
    "I keep telling myself that if I make perfect seams, nobody will believe that I made it... " -JohnSawyer

    My outdoor gear review site
    Gear reviews, DIY / MYOG projects, Outdoor gear discounts, sales and coupons updated daily

Similar Threads

  1. Thanks for the new Thread Injector
    By naljta in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-09-2013, 18:02
  2. May get a thread injector
    By Hegone in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-09-2013, 06:18
  3. New Thread Injector
    By GaryBunk in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-24-2013, 20:37
  4. Breaking thread on my thread injector?
    By Frost in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-29-2012, 08:49
  5. Thread Injector thread problems
    By CrazyZippo in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 08-20-2011, 22:24

Tags for this Thread


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts