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Who Invented the First Lathe?

Who invented the first Lathe? As much as I would like to say Metalmite, it was not! Our friends at Wikipedia tell us: David Wilkinson (January 5, 1771 – February 3, 1852)[1] was a U.S.mechanical engineer who invented a lathe for cutting screw threads, which was extremely important in the development of the machine tool industry in the early 19th century. For more on this go to


It was not 6 axis like ours- but it began the whole revolution! Metalmite uses 6 axis lathes and 5 axis mills to stay current with technology. We are a full-service machine shop located in Rochester, Michigan, we manufacture, modify, and repair prototype and production parts for a wide variety of clients. What makes us different? For over 45 years we’ve pursued manufacturing perfection with a precise mix of quality, service, delivery and price! This winning combination has helped us earn certification as a Prime contractor for the United States Government, as well as a trusted supplier in many other industries. We use 3,4,5 and 6 axis CNC machining to keep us on the cutting edge of the market. With in-house Wire EDM and CNC grinding we are able to offer full service completion of your project. We are a true single source vendor and one stop shop if you need us! Call for a quote today at 248-651-9415

Wilkinson Mill, built 1810- Photo to the right from Wikipedia
Born(1771-01-05)January 5, 1771 Smithfield, Rhode Island
DiedFebruary 3, 1852(1852-02-03) (aged 81) Caledonia Springs, Ontario
OccupationMechanical engineer
EmployerDavid Wilkinson & Company
Known forinvented a lathe for cutting screw threads